Intro: The 15th Amendment was ratified in 1870, it granted African American men the right to vote and stated that no American citizen shall be denied the right to vote on account of race or color. The 15th Amendment was a success of Reconstruction because the African Americans gained the right to vote which caused the African American community to feel more accomplished and more like a real citizen and despite the on going discrimination against it eventually helped to unite the American people as one.
The above picture shows and represents African Americans exercising their new right to vote. This represents a success of the Reconstruction Era because after a much awaited time, African Americans finally gained basic civil rights. They finally gained civil rights which was a major step forward in bringing the entire American people together as equal citizens.
The picture above represents the rise of Clans such as the KKK joining together to make life for African Americans "worse than slavery." This picture represents a failure of reconstruction because the 15th amendment brought, along with basic civil rights, the rise of Clans and violence and even. Because of the 15th amendment, white supremacists formed Clans to threaten, main, and even kill African Americans. They would threaten African Americans at the voting polls and tell them who to vote for and who not to vote for. The rise of violence caused fear and panic during the Reconstruction Era.
This picture represents the legacy of the Reconstruction Era and the 15th amendment, because the 15th amendment set the tone for African Americans and politics and without the 15th amendment, Barack Obama would not have became the President of the United States. Barack Obama is living proof of the success of African American politics through out the years. If the reconstruction Era had not happened, then the 15th amendment may have never taken place, and maybe today African Americans wouldn't be so involved and prominent in modern politics.
All in all the Reconstruction Era was an era of many ups and many downs, but most importantly it brought upon the basic civil rights of African Americans. The Reconstruction Era contained many events that also transpired in the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. African Americans were fighting for more civil rights and fighting to be treated more like an equal citizen in both cases. In both the Reconstruction Era, and the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's, people were met with much protest, hate and even violence.