SAT Subject US History Practice Question 673: Answer and Explanation
24. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments are similar in that all three
A. extended voting to different groups in the United States.
B. were ratified during the Civil War.
C. expanded the rights of African Americans.
D. were ratified despite opposition from the Republican Party.
E. protected the rights of property holders.
Correct Answer: C
The 13th Amendment abolished slavery; the 14th Amendment extended citizenship right to African Americans and guaranteed all people "equal protection under the law," as well as due process; and the 15th Amendment gave African American men the right to vote. The 15th Amendment is the only one of the three that specifically addressed the issue of voting rights (A). The amendments are all from the Reconstruction era, not the Civil War (B). The Republican Party (D) supported all three amendments. The amendments did not protect the rights of property holders (E). The 13th Amendment actually deprived slave owners of their "property."