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Expanding the Franchise – Map 6 of 6

“In what ways did the laws in this illustration deny African Americans the right to vote?” from Kenneth Rodriquez, We the People … The Citizen and the Constitution, Teacher’s Guide (Calabasas, CA: Center for Civic Education, 1995).
“In what ways did the laws in this illustration deny African Americans the right to vote?” from Kenneth Rodriquez, We the People … The Citizen and the Constitution, Teacher’s Guide (Calabasas, CA: Center for Civic Education, 1995).
The right to vote is not guaranteed in the Constitution. The 15th, 19th and 26th Amendments merely state that individuals shall not be prevented from casting ballots based on race, sex or age respectively. As this cartoon illustrates, the 15th Amendment, adopted in 1870, only promised that race would not be an obstacle to voting. Other barriers, such as literacy tests, poll taxes, and grandfather clauses, would be imposed. It would take Federal legislation and 95 years until the Voting Rights Act of 1965 guaranteed blacks the right to vote.

 
 

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