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Mar 30, 1870: The Fifteenth Amendment is Adopted

On this day in 1870, the Fifteenth Amendment was adopted into the Constitution which gave African-American men the right to vote. 

It states,

“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.”

Nevertheless, many African-American men still faced problems in the voting polls due to strict voter eligibility laws. These include poll taxes and literacy tests.

The Fifteenth Amendment was one of the initial steps to spreading the right to vote to all groups. Keep learning about the Fifteenth Amendment with American Experience