9780737743272

Amendment XV: Race and the Right to Vote

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  • ISBN13:

    9780737743272

  • ISBN10:

    0737743271

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-06-30
  • Publisher: Greenhaven Pr

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Summary

The Constitutional Amendments: Beyond the Bill of Rights series provides in-depth coverage of key amendments ratified since 1791. Using both historical and contemporary primary and secondary sources-including landmark Supreme Court rulings-each volume first presents the historical background of the featured amendment, followed by an examination of how the court system has tested the validity and application of the amendment. The final chapter of each volume looks at contemporary controversies and debates surrounding the amendment and its impact on our everyday lives. All volumes in the series include an annotated table of contents; a chronology; the original text of the amendment along with a straightforward explanation of its key points; an annotated list of relevant court cases; a bibliography; and a subject index. For students and other researchers, Constitutional Amendments: Beyond the Bill of Rights illuminates the amendments and their integral, ongoing impact on American rights and responsibilities. Book jacket.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Amendment Text and Explanationp. 14
Introductionp. 17
Chronologyp. 24
Historical Background on the Fifteenth Amendment
The Fifteenth Amendment Was Part of a "Second Constitution" for the United Statesp. 29
The Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment Helped Former Rebel States Rejoin the Unionp. 35
Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment Is Simply Justicep. 45
Voting Rights Should Be Preserved for White Men of European Backgroundp. 51
The Fifteenth Amendment Will Help Blacks Fulfill Their Potential as Americansp. 60
The Federal Government Must Enforce the Fifteenth Amendment's Guaranteesp. 65
Challenging and Affirming the Fifteenth Amendment
Individual States Cannot Restrict the Fifteenth Amendment's Guaranteesp. 75
States May Restrict Nonwhites from Voting in State Primariesp. 87
States Cannot Restrict Voting in Primaries to Whites Onlyp. 96
Congress Has the Right to Enforce the Fifteenth Amendmentp. 103
Parts of the Voting Rights Act Are Unconstitutionalp. 112
Ensuring Voting Rights in Contemporary America
Indiana's Voter ID Law Threatens to Disenfranchise Some Votersp. 120
Voter ID Laws Have Not Been Shown to Reduce Voter Turnoutp. 124
States Continue to Find Ways to Restrict Votersp. 128
Some Authorities Still Try to Stop African Americans from Votingp. 132
Federal Officials Still Monitor Elections to Ensure Fair Voting Proceduresp. 137
Appendices
The Amendments to the U.S. Constitutionp. 140
Court Cases Relevant to the Fifteenth Amendmentp. 142
For Further Researchp. 145
Indexp. 149
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