The Right to Vote


Lenny Foster

The Right to Vote (2/15)
pigment print on cotton rag paper
14 x 9.5 inches

When the 15th amendment was passed, it stated that the right to vote could not be denied on account of race. This, however, did not mean the right to vote was guaranteed.  As a result, Florida and other Southern States developed new ways to prevent African Americans from voting.  This included various means of intimidation, such as beatings, firebombs, smaller ballot boxes, limited polling places and hours, poll taxes, and literacy tests. While some progress has been made, there are many measures still in place that suppress and obstruct the African American vote.

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