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Lyrics for “The Fifteenth Amendment” by African American songwriter Joshua McCarter Simpson.

Born free in Ohio, Joshua McCarter Simpson was an African American abolitionist, herbal doctor, Underground Railroad conductor, and songwriter. Simpson studied at Oberlin College and published his songs in a collection titled The Emancipation Car: Being an Original Composition of Anti-Slavery Ballads, Composed Exclusively for the Underground Railroad (1854, 1874).