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Fifteenth Amendment

Fifteenth Amendment
Unidentified Artist
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James Carter Beard, 1837 - 1913
Thomas Kelly
Ulysses Simpson Grant, 27 Apr 1822 - 23 Jul 1885
Martin Robison Delany, 6 May 1812 - 25 Jan 1885
Frederick Douglass, Feb 1818 - 20 Feb 1895
Hiram Rhoades Revels, Sep 1822 - 16 Jan 1901
Schuyler Colfax, 23 Mar 1823 - 13 Jan 1885
John Brown, 9 May 1800 - 2 Dec 1859
Abraham Lincoln, 12 Feb 1809 - 15 Apr 1865
Hand-colored lithograph on paper
Image: 46.8 x 64.6cm (18 7/16 x 25 7/16")
Sheet: 55.1 x 70.7cm (21 11/16 x 27 13/16")
Mat: 66 x 86.4cm (26 x 34")
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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
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The end of the Civil War saw the passage of 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.
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