Right to Vote for African American men
For Kids - 15th Amendment - the right for African American men to vote
The 13th and 14th Amendments ended slavery and placed federal control over civil rights including that of citizenship. The 15th Amendment, ratified in 1870, went a step further, and clearly stated that citizens of the United States had the right to vote without regard to race, color, or previous condition of servitude. But it did limit the vote to men only. This was not corrected until, nearly 50 years later, the 19th Amendment ratified May 19, 1919 gave women the right to vote.
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.
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.