15th amendment

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  1. Pat Young

    March 5, 1869: Illinois Ratifies 15th Amendment

    On March 5, 1869 the Illinois Legislature ratified the 15th Amendment prohibitting racial voting restrictions. Quincy Daily Whig Saturday, Mar 06, 1869 Quincy, IL Vol: XVII Issue: 286 Page: 1
  2. Pat Young

    Indiana Dems Explain Their Principled Opposition to 15th Amendment: "the government was formed for white men" March 1869

    At the end of February 1869 the 15th Amendment giving equal voting rigts to Black men was passed by Congress and sent to the states for ratification. In Indiana and several other states there was fierce opposition to the Amendment from the Democratic Party. The New York World reprinted a letter...
  3. Cavalry Charger

    Ulysses S. Grant and the 15th Amendment

    "The 15th Amendment was ratified on February 3, 1870. It states that “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States, or by any State, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” Below is a special message President...
  4. Pat Young

    Against the 15th Amendment-The Newspapers Argue Against Votes for Blacks 1869

    This thread will give you a space to post materials published in 1869 arguing against Black men getting the vote under the 15th Amendment. The first article appears to have originally been published in the NY Citizen. It was reprinted in several other papers. Daily phoenix Saturday, Feb 13...
  5. Pat Young

    Black Convention in Baltimore Demands Voting Rights January 1869

    The Black convention movement took off after the Civil War. In 1869 the conventions focused on the call for black voting rights. New York Tribune Friday, Jan 22, 1869 New York, NY Vol: XXVIII Issue: 8671
  6. Pat Young

    Fred Douglass Tells Women's Convention that Republicans Should Not Drop "Manhood Suffrage" Nov. 1868

    On November 19, 1868 Frederick Douglass addressed the New England Women's Rights Convention in Boston. Douglass had attended the the 1848 Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls and had advocated women's suffrage ever since. At the 1868 Boston convention, led by Lucy Stone and Julia Ward...
  7. Pat Young

    Opposing the 15th Amendment: Negro "is redolent of ignorance, stupidity, and...barbarism"

    After the November 1868 election, both sides began to gear up for the introduction of a Constitutional Amendment granting blacks the right to vote. Moderate and Conservative Republicans had kept advocacy of such a plank out of their party's platform, but Radicals had never abandoned the idea...
  8. Pat Young

    Senate Begins Consideration of the Fifteenth Amendment January 23, 1869

    On January 23, 1869 the Senate received from committee what would become the 15th Amendment. I though you might like to read some of the preliminary discussions of the 15th Amendment. Full debate was delayed. You will see that there was an attempt by Sen. Pomeroy to amend the amendment by making...
  9. Pat Young

    Arguing Over Black Suffrage: The Newspapers Debate the 15th Amendment After Grant's Election 1868-69

    After Grant's election in November 1868, newspapers on both sides began to publish editorials for and against a constitutional amendment granting the vote to citizens regardless of race. This movement led to the passage of the 15th Amendment by Congress in February 1869. This thread is for views...
  10. Pat Young

    Americans Demand that Blacks Get Right to Vote-Presaging the 15th Amendment 1868-69

    This is a new thread to look at the petitions being submitted to Congress calling for the passage of a Constitutional Amendment removing racial qualifications to vote. These petitions proliferated after Grant's election. The Republican victory presaged the passage of the 15th Amendment. The...
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