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15th Amendment - Right to Vote

11 Aug 2020 1:55 PM | Dr. Margaret Hill (Administrator)

15th Amendment  

Right to Vote Not Denied by Race

Current issues in America related to Black Lives Matter and the coming Presidential election will be a focus of discussion in virtual and other classrooms across the U.S. to demonstrate the connections between history and civics to the world in which the students live. However, topics of such emotional intensity can be difficult in classrooms. The best way to address controversial topics is through the analysis of primary source documents and building connections to mutually agreed upon national resources such as the constitution. The National Constitution Center is a providing some model lessons that will certainly be of help to many educators. 

The National Constitution Center provides a rich set of source and lesson plans. 
The one on the 15th Amendment and Voting Rights is particularly valuable. Access
it at https://draftingtable.constitutioncenter.org/item/15th-amendment  

It begins with….
Congress debated several drafts. Some only banned racial restrictions, while others provided broader protections. Even as each House passed broader proposals, Congress settled on language that attacked racial discrimination in voting. The 15th Amendment was passed by Congress on February 26, 1869, and ratified on February 3, 1870.

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