- It was passed by congress on February 26, 1869. It was also ratified by states and it took effect on February 3, 1870.
- The 15th amendment attempted to secure the rights, to vote for newly freed slaves.
- In many abolitionists' eyes, the right to vote was the most important right of citizenship for black men.
- Tennessee was the last state to ratify the 15th amendment, 128 years later.
- This amendment means that everyone could vote equally. Therefore, the future it has on the U.S. is that everyone doesn't have specific things to do or places to go because of their color. It will help stop segregation and make everyone and everything equal.
- Colored people were very important to this amendment, because it was dealing with their rights associated with voting.
- Congress was also an important piece to this amendment, because they voted to pass it and make it an action for colored people.
- A joint House-Senate was important to this amendment, because they helped vote on it happening, and gave colored people the freedom to vote.
- "...rejoice that I lived to see this day when the colored people of the favored land by law have equal privileges with the most favored." -Thomas Garrett