The 15th amendment was ratified in 1870 and gave all citizens of the U.S. the right to vote. It stated that voters "shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude." This amendment was not completely implemented for almost a century, as southern states that were formerly a part of the Confederacy used literacy tests and poll taxes to restrict and limit African Americans from voting. The majority of African Americans living in the South were registered to vote due to the Voting Rights Act of 1965. This amendment that was created during Reconstruction represents the legacy of the era as it was the beginning of more reform and laws being passed to increase the right to vote to all persons in the United States. The 15th amendment was the stepping stone towards giving everyone the right to vote and have a say in their country's government. It served as a source of inspiration for the 19th amendment, which granted women in the United States the right to vote. As African American males wanted equality and the same privileges as the whites, women protested, wrote books, and advocated for equality. Ultimately, the implementation of the 15th amendment raised social ideas for equality for all, regardless of gender and race.
Conclusion: The amendments created during Reconstruction had varying effects on African Americans; there were both positive and negative impacts on African Americans economically, socially, and politically. With the liberation of African Americans, the formerly enslaved people were able to obtain various jobs, but were sometimes restricted by whites on how much land they could own. African Americans were able to gain more rights, the males were allowed to vote, and equality was developing among the races. However African Americans continued to receive racial prejudice and unfair treatment by people who viewed them as inferior. Some African Americans were obtain to obtain positions in government offices. The social tensions between African Americans and other races can be seen in the present day. There has been multiple accounts of white police officers unjustly shooting African Americans. This has led to the movement of Black Lives Matter, as many people want African Americans to be treated fairly, and protests and rallies have occurred across the United States.