- Look closely at the clothing of each man in the line. Why is each man dressed differently? What does their clothing represent?
- This image illustrates the first election in Virginia in which African Americans could participate due to the 15th Amendment, which declared that the "right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of race, color or previous condition of servitude." How did the 15th Amendment work to stop oppression?
- Why would oppressions, such as poll taxes and literacy tests, be put in place to try and stop African-American men from using their right to vote?
Waud, A.R., "The First Vote," 16 November 1867. Courtesy of Library of Congress