Amendment XV: Race and the Right to Vote

Amendment XV: Race and the Right to Vote

by Jeff Hay


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The Constitutional Amendments: Beyond the Bill of Rights series provides in-depth coverage of key amendments ratified since 1791. Using both historical and contemporary primary and secondary sources-including landmark Supreme Court rulings-each volume first presents the historical background of the featured amendment, followed by an examination of how the court system has tested the validity and application of the amendment. The final chapter of each volume looks at contemporary controversies and debates surrounding the amendment and its impact on our everyday lives. All volumes in the series include an annotated table of contents; a chronology; the original text of the amendment along with a straightforward explanation of its key points; an annotated list of relevant court cases; a bibliography; and a subject index. For students and other researchers, Constitutional Amendments: Beyond the Bill of Rights illuminates the amendments and their integral, ongoing impact on American rights and responsibilities.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780737743272
Publisher: Greenhaven Publishing
Publication date: 06/12/2009
Series: Constitutional Amendments Series: Beyond the Bill of Rights
Pages: 144
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword 11

Amendment Text and Explanation 14

Introduction 17

Chronology 24

Chapter 1 Historical Background on the Fifteenth Amendment

The Fifteenth Amendment Was Part of a "Second Constitution" for the United States George P. Fletcher 29

The Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment Helped Former Rebel States Rejoin the Union Brooks D. Simpson 35

Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment Is Simply Justice Benjamin F. Whittemore 45

Voting Rights Should Be Preserved for White Men of European Background James R. Doolittle 51

The Fifteenth Amendment Will Help Blacks Fulfill Their Potential as Americans Frederick Douglass 60

The Federal Government Must Enforce the Fifteenth Amendment's Guarantees Martin Luther King 65

Chapter 2 Challenging and Affirming the Fifteenth Amendment

Individual States Cannot Restrict the Fifteenth Amendment's Guarantees Edward D. White 75

States May Restrict Nonwhites from Voting in State Primaries Owen Roberts 87

States Cannot Restrict Voting in Primaries to Whites Only Stanley F. Reed 96

Congress Has the Right to Enforce the Fifteenth Amendment Earl Warren 103

Parts of the Voting Rights Act Are Unconstitutional Hugo Black 112

Chapter 3 Ensuring Voting Rights in Contemporary America

Indiana's Voter ID Law Threatens to Disenfranchise Some Voters Cynthia Tucker 120

Voter ID Laws Have Not Been Shown to Reduce Voter Turnout Jeff Milyo 124

States Continue to Find Ways to Restrict Voters Adam Cohen 128

Some Authorities Still Try to Stop African Americans from Voting Art Levine 132

Federal Officials Still Monitor Elections to Ensure Fair Voting Procedures Katherine Sayre 137


A The Amendments to the U.S. Constitution140

B Court Cases Relevant to the Fifteenth Amendment 142

For Further Research 145

Index 149

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