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150 Years After Ratification of the 15th Amendment, Black Votes Are Still Contested

As conservatives in some states continue to assault the fundamental right of citizens to vote by purging voter rolls, requiring certain IDs and adding onerous burdens to dissuade folks from voting it’s important to note that this is nothing new. In fact, this week marks the 150th anniversary of the Republican Party’s effort to put a halt of the former Confederate states’ and some former Union states’ efforts to prevent the newly freed slaves from exercising the franchise.