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What’s The Legacy Of The 15th Amendment?

It’s been 150 years since Congress ratified the 15th Amendment to the Constitution. How has the discussion around voting rights evolved since?



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On Feb. 3, 1870 the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified. It prohibited federal and state governments from denying a citizen the right to vote based on "race, color, or previous condition of servitude."

Now, 150 years later, how far have we come since its passing?

In the audio above, four guests join Houston Matters host Craig Cohen to discuss the historical context that led to the amendment's passing, how the amendment has been used in notable legal cases, why Congress needed to pass a subsequent Voting Rights Act, and what kinds of related issues have surfaced since.

Guests for this Discussion:

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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