Amendment 15 Essay

Topics: United States, Barack Obama, United States Constitution Pages: 2 (458 words) Published: September 19, 2013
Armstrong, Erykah
Amendment 15
A lot of people of other races would not be able to vote without the 15th Amendment. “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.” It allows anyone to have a political say in the government. They can’t hush you because of your skin color or what native language you speak (The Library of Congress >> Researchers, August 24, 2012), 78.1 percent of America is white and 21.9 percent are people of other ethnics so that much people would not be able to vote (census2011). We wouldn’t have a mix president. Are president Barack Hussein Obama would not even have a chance to run or vote or probable even have no interest in politics. My history teacher from 7/8 grade would not have told us his experiences of voting. He would not have been able to talk to us about his experiences of voting because he was black.

This amendment was ratified February 3, 1870. It was first of the three Reconstruction Amendments. They were made after the civil war to keep the peace. Although the amendment was ratified it was fully realized until almost century later. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the South were registered to vote. Their proponents saw them as transforming the United States from a country that was "half slave and half free" to one in which the constitutionally guaranteed "blessings of liberty"(Abraham Lincoln 1858). This amendment applied to you no matter of your previous servitude, race or color. No matter if u were a slave, black, white, Hispanic, or French you still have the right to vote. “We are here tonight for thanksgiving and rejoicing at the ratification of the fifteenth amendment to the constitution of the United...
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