Wisconsin History Day By Day


Related Web Sites:
Fifteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution

The Constitution For the United States

The Civil War Amendments

The Right to Vote: A Timeline of Events


Read More About It

"The Fifteenth Amendment: African-American Men's Right to Vote" by Susan Banfield

"Black Settlers in Rural Wisconsin" by Zachary Cooper


Vocabulary:

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amendment


Interesting Fact:

By 1870, there were 2,113 blacks living in Wisconsin.


Study Questions:

  • When was ratification of the Fiftheenth Amendment completed?
  • What state was the first to ratify the amendment?
  • Was there any opposition in the Wisconsin legislature to the ratification of the amendment? What were their arguments?


    Search these newspaper databases for additional stories about the fifteenth amendment:

  • Newspapers on BadgerLink
  • Wisconsin Historical Society


    U.S. historical events that occurred on March 9:

    1862: The ironclads Monitor and Merrimac battle for five hours.
    1916: Poncho Villa and his raiders attacked Columbus, New Mexico, killing more than a dozen people.



  • March 9

    March 9, 1869: Wisconsin ratified the Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The amendment allowed Blacks the right to vote.


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