How Does the 15th Amendment Affect the United States Today?
The 15th Amendment continues to affect the United States today because black men and women are voting as citizens throughout the nation. Black men and women are also entitled to more than the right to vote and are entitled to every right found in the U.S. Constitution, which is a result of the final success of the 15th Amendment.
The 15th Amendment was enacted on February 3, 1870. Many states immediately created new laws, such as poll taxes and literacy tests in an effort to keep as many black American men from the voting booths as possible. It was not until 1965 when the Voting Rights Act was passed that black Americans were truly able to begin voting in large numbers. After this happened, the acceptance of black Americans grew and the general public began accepting that black Americans were to be given all of the basic rights granted to American citizens in the U.S. Constitution.
The 15th Amendment was a historical win for black African-Americans, as was the Voting Rights Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. When many Southern states attempted to ignore the new Voting Rights Act law, black Americans were able to appeal and challenge the restrictions so that they could vote. These laws were the start to a new America that was no longer racist or whose laws at the very least attempted to no longer be racially biased.