>the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution – gave all male races in America the right to vote. However, because many blacks were illiterate, one hundred percent of the black population did not receive that right until the Civil Rights Act of 1964 was passed by Congress.
However the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was passed by Congress February 26, 1869. Ratified February 3, 1870.
“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.”
| Amendment XV did give black people the right to vote in 1870, and some used it right away, electing state and federal senators and representatives. Jim Crow quickly snatched away that right for all practical purposes, however, as poll taxes and literacy tests–and Klansmen–denied blacks that fundamental right. President Johnson’s Civil Rights Act of 1964 was the true turning point in our national history of beginning to embrace blacks as full citizens with equal rights.
However, women did not receive the right to vote until 1920, and that included white and black women. Imagine, black men could vote 50 years before women of any race got the vote. We lived in a very sexually biased nation.