The 15th Amendment: Black Men Are Allowed to Vote For The First Time
Part 5: The XV Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, Wrap Up of the XIII, XIV and XV Amendments
This is my final article in this series. There are of course many more amendments that I could cover, however, I reason why I wrote this series was to wet you the readers appetite to do your own research on the subject and to come to your own conclusions not to tell you to believe the same way I do or else.
Before we can determine the reason behind the XV Amendment we need to find out what the actual wording is
The XV Amendment-What Does It Actually Say?:
a, Section 1. The right of anyone whether citizen or not shall not be denied for any reason by this United States or by any State.
Section 2. The President of the United States shall make rulings in order to enforce this Amendment.
b. Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by this United States or by any State on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Sec. 2. The Congress by appropriate legislation may enforce the provisions of this article.
c. Section 1. 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 except when there is a national emergency.
Section 2. The Judiciary shall make appropriate legislation to enforce this Amendment.
Is the correct wording of the XV Amendment a? Sorry, that is not the right one. Is the correct answer b, yes for once b is the correct answer which means if you had picked c out of habit because of the myth that the correct answer is always c then, I’m sorry, you are wrong!
Now that we have established the correct wording, let’s discover how the members of the 40th Congress voted on the 15th Amendment and why.
Here is a brief sampling of the words of some of the members of the 40th Congress in regards of this Amendment:
Mr. Bingham: I desire to offer an amendment to the first section of the proposed article in the very words heretofore agreed to in the Senate by a vote of 40 to 16. The object is to save this great act of justice from the limitation imposed upon it.
Mr. Boutwell: I cannot yield for a debate. If the gentleman will allow his amendment to be read. I will yield for that purpose.
Mr. Bingham: I desire to move that the first section of this proposed amendment be amended so as to read as follows:
The right of citizens of the United States to vote and hold office shall not be denied or abridged by any State on account of race, color, nativity, property, creed, or previous condition of servitude.
I ask the gentleman to allow me to have a vote on the amendment I have indicated. (1)
That the House recede from their amendments and agree to the resolution of the Senate, with an amendment, as follows:
Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,(two thirds of both Houses concurring.) That the following article be proposed to the Legislature of the several States as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which when ratified by three fourth of said Legislatures shall be valid as part of the Constitution, namely:
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by this United States or by any State on account of races, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Sec. 2. The Congress by appropriate legislation may enforce the provisions of this article. (2)
Amendments and the Democratic SHOCKING NEWS FLASH!! It was the Republican Party who mostly voted yes for the XIII, XIV, and XV Amendments and the Democratic Party who oppose them
It should be obvious that the XV Amendment along with the XIII and XIV Amendments was to give Blacks the rights of Citizenship not to disenfranchise them. So, what party overwhelmingly was in support of these amendments an what party was against them? SHOCKING NEWS FLASH!! It was the Republican Party who mostly voted yes for the XIII, XIV and XV Amendments and the Democratic Party who oppose them. And for any “Fact Checkers” out there I did not base my information on any Political Pundit from any “Far Right Media” – I took my information from actual Historic Documents. (3) (4)
15th Amendment Congressional Globe House of Representative 40th Congress 34d Session page 1425 pdf 1869
15th Amendment Congressional Globe Senate, 40th Congress 3rd Session page 1623 pdf. 1869
https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/data/batches/dlc_cobol_ver01/data/sn83030213/00206530790/1865020101/02 New York Times Freedom Triumphant/Library of Congress
https://13thamendment.harpweek.com/asp/ViewEntryImage.asp?page=0&imageSize=m The Harper Weekly/Library of Congress (3)
From Congressional Globe/Library of Congress (4)
and from Infogalatic: the planetary knowledge core- https://infogalatic.com/info/38th_United_States_Congress
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