13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments

By Cameron Olsen and Blaise Brewer

Thirteenth Amendment

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishement for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist in the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

The amendment is saying that all slaves are now free and that there will be no more slavery, except as punishment for a worthy crime.

Fourteenth Amendment

"All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are cirizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunites of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."

The amenment is saying that anybody born or staying in the United States can become a citizen of the United States and the state they are living in. It states that no state can create or enforce any law that will restrict or stop somebody from having all of their rights. It is also saying that if somebody is on trial or arrested there will be no racism.

Fifteenth Amendment

"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."

The amendment is saying that every citizen in the United States will have the right to vote. It is saying that the right to vote will in no way be denied or made more difficult because of race or previous occupation.