Until the ratification of the Fifteen Amendment in 1870, the voting rights for African Americans were not protected by the constitution of the United States. The voting rights that were passed, prohibited the local authorities and the state from utilizing literacy tests, outright intimidation and other techniques of eliminating African Americans from participating in elections thus creating a significant change in the status of the Negros. My research will be relevant to the chosen topic since voting rights for the African Americans was one of the most historic bills that were ever passed by the Congress, and the right to vote encourages political participation and civic consciousness (Uggen et al. 242).
Uggen, C., et al. "Felon Voting Rights and the Disenfranchisement of African Americans." Racializing Justice, Disenfranchising Lives, 2007, pp. 237-245, doi:10.1057/9780230607347_17.