(noun) These three amendments are sometimes called the Reconstruction Amendments. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment provided citizenship and equal protection under the law for all citizens no matter what their race. The Fourteenth Amendment has had long lasting impacts on United States history outside the issue of citizenship and protection for former slaves. The Fifteenth Amendment makes it illegal to deny someone the right to vote based on their race, color or former previous condition of servitude. In other words, the Fifteenth Amendment guaranteed former slaves the right to vote.
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