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date: 29 February 2020

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The Fifteenth Amendment completed the constitutional framework in which African American citizenship was to be achieved. While some thought both the Thirteenth and the Fourteenth Amendments would be sufficient to support the chattel-person-citizen transformation necessary to make African American men full citizens, time made it apparent that this belief was, at best, naïve. Consequently, the final piece of the triumvirate explicitly prohibited individual men from being denied their right to vote on the basis of their blackness.

Keywords: African American citizenship, United States Constitution, Fifteenth Amendment, right to vote, constitutional framework

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