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Historical Perspective of "To Kill a Mockingbird": 15th Amendment

8th Grade Human Rights Novel Study. Getting a historical perspective.

15th Amendment Info

Citation Link - Fifteenth Amendment. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 Feb. 2018. Accessed 22 Mar. 2018.

Fifteenth Amendment, amendment (1870) to the Constitution of the United States that guaranteed that the right to vote could not be denied based on “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” The amendment complemented and followed in the wake of the passage of the Thirteenth and Fourteenth amendments, which abolished slavery and guaranteed citizenship, respectively, to African Americans. The passage of the amendment and its subsequent ratification (Feb. 3, 1870) effectively enfranchised African American men, while denying that right to women of all colours. Women would not receive that right until the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment in 1920.

Citation Link "Fifteenth Amendment." Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 17 Jul. 2010. Accessed 22 Mar. 2018.

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Citation Link Fifteenth Amendment. Image. Britannica School, Encyclopædia Britannica, 6 Feb. 2018. Accessed 22 Mar. 2018.

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US History in Context

The Fifteenth Amendment

Radical, or Congressional, Reconstruction allowed the most ardent advocates of rights for the freedmen to push forward a program for their political participation. However, even the most aggressive Congressional Reconstructionists realized that the national legislature could not continue indefinitely to control Southern politics. When the day came for the end of Reconstruction, there needed to be a strong guarantee of voting rights for blacks in the South, which had been enforced in the short term by Freedmen's Bureaus or military occupiers. The only sure long- term protection for preventing erosion of black suffrage was a constitutional amendment.

"Constitutional Amendments." Encyclopedia of the United States in the Nineteenth Century, edited by Paul Finkelman, Charles Scribner's Sons, 2001. U.S. History in Context, Accessed 21 Mar. 2018.