Segregation & Discrimination

African American Progression.

15th Amendment

The 15th amendment was added to the Constitution granted African American men the right to vote by declaring that 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.

Literacy Tests, Poll Tax and Jim Crow Laws.

Denying American American the right to vote through legal maneuvering and violence was a first step in taking away their civil rights. Starting in the 1890s, southern states enacted literacy tests, poll taxes, elaborate registration systems, and eventually whites-only Democratic Party primaries to exclude black voters.

Booker T Washington