Though slaves were technically given legal citizenship in the US after the emancipation proclamation, some things, including politics, were not available to african americans for some time after the abolishment of slavery. However, had slavery never been abolished, african-americans still would not be able to run for office or even vote. The first amendment in the US Constitution grants all citizens freedom of speech. Is voting or running for political office not the same freedom? When you vote, you are speaking your mind and saying who your favored political candidate is. When you run for political office, you base your campaign off of your ideas and speeches. If african-americans could not vote or run for office, then there is no true freedom or equality. This does not have to do with what someones political preferences are, but the fact that by ending slavery, eventually everyone could vote or run for political office, finally creating a more true equality.