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The United States Constitution and the Struggle for African American Citizenship: An Overview

Lisa Crooms-Robinson

in The Oxford Handbook of African American Citizenship, 1865-Present

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195188059
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188059.013.0020

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Politics & International Relations

 The United States Constitution and the Struggle for African American Citizenship: An Overview

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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

Article.  1080 words. 

Subjects: Politics ; US Politics

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