The Importance Of The 24th Amendment

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The Importance of the 24th Amendment and Effects. The U.S. Constitution has been amended twenty-seven times since ratified on June 21, 1788. These Amendments have been crucial to the up-keeping of America and its constant changes. The most of important of which being the 24th Amendment, which protected voting rights from taxes. The 24th amendment reads as followed “The Twenty-fourth Amendment of the United States Constitution prohibits both Congress and the states from conditioning the right to vote in federal elections on payment of a poll tax or other types of tax”. The Amendments that led up to the 24th were just as significant, but brought no real change. This was huge for the equal rights movement and gave African-Americans a real opportunity to vote and have a voice in politics to one day change the lives of them and their children to come. Poll taxes were a capital tax that applied equally to adults. They were a decent form of revenue for some governments until the mid-1800s. Poll taxes are often closely associated with voting rights in the United States. Poll Taxes claimed to target the lower class who were unable to afford the taxes. The taxes that established between 1889 and 1910 had a strong effect on African-Americans and poor whites. This was a way for the government to cut out any black connection to power or political movement and enabled poor civilians to have a say in this movement or any chance to fight for their rights. Before the 24th amendment how

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