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Does an amendment give you the right to vote?

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You’ve likely heard, perhaps on the news or in the classroom, that the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gave or granted African American men the right to vote. It’s a turn of phrase that works as a shorthand. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit misleading.

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