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The Fifteenth Amendment



The Fifteenth Amendment
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.51

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     challenging words:    readmitted, ratify, literacy, suffrage, rejoin, goal, deny, gain, during, federal, unfair, slave, whatever, government, poll, allow
     content words:    Fifteenth Amendment, After Reconstruction, Civil War, Thomas Mundy Peterson, During Reconstruction, When Reconstruction, Ku Klux Klan


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The Fifteenth Amendment
By Cathy Pearl
  

1     The Fifteenth Amendment was proposed during Reconstruction. The goal of the amendment was to give all black men the right to vote. The amendment was not written well. There were many ways to get around it. After Reconstruction was over, whites in the South found a way to do that.
 
2     This amendment called for suffrage. Suffrage is the right to vote. The amendment only called for black men to be allowed to vote. It did not include women. At the time, white women could not vote, either. Women would not gain the right to vote for many more years.
 
3     Reconstruction acts gave black men the right to vote in Southern states. But many saw this as unfair. Northern states were not giving black men the right to vote. In 1868, eleven states in the North did not allow blacks to vote in elections.
 
4     The answer to that problem was a new amendment to the Constitution. Three different versions were written. The one that was chosen said that states could not deny citizens the right to vote because of race, color, or having once being a slave.
 
5     Many in Congress were worried about the wording. There were ways for the South to get around this new law. Still, Congress approved it on February 2, 1869.

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