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Daemon
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15th Amendment to the US Constitution Ratified

Ratified during the post-Civil War Reconstruction Period, the 15th Amendment to the US Constitution was intended primarily to enfranchise former slaves. It states: "The right of citizens…to vote shall not be denied or abridged…on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." Though the amendment's purpose was not fully achieved until 1965, the first African American to exercise this right did so the day after the amendment was ratified by participating in what election? More...
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everybody should have and use that right
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Tuesday, February 3, 2015 6:00:29 PM

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But did it work, sadly it has not and the present republican party is still balking at the idea, as they do everything legal and illegal to stop the president to institute positive legislation.
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Southern state election officials were able to bypass voter's rights by poll taxes and literacy tests. If a black citizen had sufficient money to pay the poll tax, he or she would have to pass the "literacy test" administered by a white registrar with sole power, without appeal, to decide when an individual had passed or failed. The registrar could select which questions an individual would be asked. 'Examples of questions asked of Blacks in Alabama included: naming all sixty-seven county judges in the state, naming the date on which Oklahoma was admitted to the Union, and declaring how many bubbles are in a bar of soap' [Robert Caro in Master of the Senate, quoted in Wikipedia]

The movie Selma depicted the administration of such a test.

Needless to say, anyone could be refused the right to vote

"To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting." -- Edmund Burke
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