The 15th and 19th Amendments to the US Constitution

The year 2020 will mark the anniversaries of two amendments to the US Constitution that expanded the nation’s ideas about citizenship and extended the right to vote to African American men and to women. To commemorate the ratifications of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870) and the Nineteenth Amendment (1920) to the US Constitution, the Cleveland State University history department and the Educational Service Center of Cuyahoga County will sponsor a yearlong series of events on the theme of “Suffrage: The 15th and 19th Amendments.” The events will focus on professional development for 20-25 Ohio K-12 educators, public presentations, and panels from experts in the field. Cleveland is particularly relevant to an examination of suffrage since it was the site of several black conventions that called for suffrage rights for African Americans before the 15th Amendment, a national woman’s rights convention in 1853, and the founding meeting of the American Woman’s Suffrage Association in 1869.

The Right to Vote pressbook serves as an online resource, providing primary documents and links to other online primary source repositories, syllabi, schedules, lesson plans, and exercises for teachers, and papers to be presented at an academic conference scheduled for October 2020.



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The Right to Vote: The 15th and 19th Amendments by Dr. Stephanie D. Hinnershitz, Dr. Shelley Rose, and Dr. Robert S. Shelton is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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