The Rights Of The Abolition Of Slavery

1285 Words Oct 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
Americans pride themselves on the right to be a part of the voting electorate, choosing the future of the country and the leaders who represent their core beliefs. Ironically, the “right to vote” has not been treated as a right in historical terms. Instead, it’s been treated more as a privilege. A privilege only available to those who were lucky enough to be born the right gender, skin color, and economic class. Rewind to the late 1870’s. Our country was young, and the people of our nation were looking to put only the best in office. As part of this search, they believed only the best should be allowed to vote to put those in office. So despite the passing of the Fifteenth Amendment, which guarantees the right to vote regardless of race, color or previous condition of servitude, many people living in the country were still denied the right to vote. Of course, the motivation behind the passing of this amendment came in conjunction with the abolition of slavery. It was meant to another major step towards equality across the board (which is ironic because it still excludes women from behind able to cast their vote). Beyond this, the amendment still didn’t protect many of the minorities that it was aimed at. The government still actively imposed anti-segregation laws, so people of color really weren’t seen as citizens yet. Southern states went the extra mile and used literacy tests, poll taxes, intimidation, threats, and violence to prevent black men from voting. Interestingly…
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