Fifteenth Amendment

Amendment XV
A sketch of three Civil War soldiers

The 15th Amendment to the Constitution granted African-American men the right to vote and was ratified on February 3, 1870. Learn more about the Reconstruction Amendments


Section 1.

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.

Section 2.

The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.