Monday, March 18, 2013

Day 51, March 18

The Fiftheenth Admendment to the Constitution, the third of the Reconstruction amendments, states:
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.
The amendment was ratified in 1870.  Though the admendment prohibits denying anyone the right to vote "on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude," it does not include gender.  Not until fifty years later did the Constitution address the right of women to vote with the passing of the Nineteenth Admendment.. 

1 comment:

  1. Hmmm. What if some snarky widow used her position to say she was formerly in a condition of servitude, and therefore should have the right to vote? Not very nice to her dead fictional husband, am I?