Amendment #15

Universal Male Suffrage

Backround

The fifteenth amendment gave all males right to vote. Before the amendment only white men could vote; but even then only the wealthy white men voted. This amendment was passed on February 26, 1869 by Congress. The amendment gave former slaves a right to vote.

Restrictions

*Poll Tax- this put taxes on voting, so when you go to vote you have to pay.

*Literacy Test- to be able to vote you had to know how to read and write.

*Grandfather Clause- this stated if your grandfather was a slave you could NOT vote.