Prohibition of Racial Voter Discrimination

Prohibition of Racial Voter Discrimination 1869

Prohibition of Racial Voter Discrimination 1869
Prohibition of Racial Voter Discrimination 1869 -This commemorative print celebrating the ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment shows a parade surrounded by images of African Americans enjoying their newly confirmed rights.

In 1870, the United States Constitution was amended to include the 15th Amendment, which intended to safeguard African American men’s voting rights following the Civil War. Despite the amendment, by the late 1870s, discriminatory techniques were being employed to discourage Black Americans, particularly in the South, from exercising their right to vote. Legal impediments at the state and municipal levels were not abolished until the Voting Rights Act of 1965, which made it illegal to deny African Americans their right to vote under the 15th Amendment.

What Is the 15th Amendment?

“The right of citizens of the United Declares to vote shall not be denied or restricted by the United States or by any State on account of race, color, or prior condition of servitude,” the 15th Amendment states.

Despite the enactment of the amendment, by the late 1870s, discriminatory techniques were being employed to prohibit Black residents, particularly in the South, from exercising their right to vote. Legal impediments at the state and municipal levels were not illegal until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 if they deprived African Americans their ability to vote under the 15th Amendment.”

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