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The Result of the Fifteenth Amendment and the Rise and Progress of the African Race in America and its Final Accomplishment and Celebration on May 19th A.D. 1870

Abraham Lincoln; John Brown; Ulysses Grant; Frederick Douglass; Thaddeus Stevens; Charles Sumner
Metcalf & Clark, active c. 1870
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
John Brown, 9 May 1800 - 2 Dec 1859
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895
Thaddeus Stevens, 4 Apr 1792 - 11 Aug 1868
Charles Sumner, 6 Jan 1811 - 11 Mar 1874
David Davis, 9 Mar 1815 - 26 Jun 1886
Hugh Lennox Bond, 16 Dec 1828 - 24 Oct 1893
Schuyler Colfax, 23 Mar 1823 - 13 Jan 1885
Martin Robison Delany, 6 May 1812 - 25 Jan 1885
Hiram Rhoades Revels, Sep 1822 - 16 Jan 1901
Hand-colored lithograph
Sheet: 54.3 x 70.2cm (21 3/8 x 27 5/8")
Mat: 91.4 x 66 x 1.9cm (36 x 26 x 3/4")
Credit Line
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
Object number
Martin Robison Delany: American\African American
Hiram Rhoades Revels: Native American
Hiram Rhoades Revels: American\African American
Frederick Douglass: American\African American
Exhibition Label
The fruits of the Civil War were the Thirteenth, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution. Respectively they abolished slavery, guaranteed citizenship to all persons born in the United States, and granted the right to vote (to male citizens), regardless of "race, color, or previous condition of servitude." The Fifteenth Amendment was especially significant because for the first time in the nation's history, a minority class was empowered. "A man with a ballot in his hand is the master of the situation," wrote former abolitionist Wendell Phillips.
This hand-colored lithograph commemorates the passage of the Fifteenth Amendment and the national celebration held in Baltimore.
Data Source
National Portrait Gallery
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