Virtual Event | Extending the Right to Vote: The 15th Amendment's Enduring Impact on Voting Rights

Nov 29, 2023 12:00 PM ET
Join us for an insightful webinar featuring Dr. Terry Anne Scott, an award-winning historian, author, and influential speaker. We'll continue our series on the U.S. Constitution to explore the profound impact and enduring legacy of the 15th Amendment. Ratified in 1870 as the last of the Reconstruction Amendments, the 15th Amendment prohibits the denial of a citizen's right to vote based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude. Despite its ratification, state laws, literacy tests, poll taxes, the "grandfather clause," and voter intimidation continued to prevent African Americans from exercising their voting rights. Dr. Scott will shed light on why this amendment was pivotal in the struggle for equality and how it addressed but did not fully resolve the barriers to voting in the aftermath of the Civil War. Don't miss this opportunity to learn why the 15th Amendment was necessary to solidify voting rights for all and how it remains relevant in today’s fight for a fair and inclusive democracy. Like all USCHS programs, this webinar is free and open to the public; registration is required.