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Laws for blacks

Black Codes

Laws For Blacks


What where the black codes
What Where The Black Codes?

  • The black codes where basically laws that only applied to blacks. There were many different subjects that the codes dealt with like property or marriage just like do today. “In Mississippi the codes prevented blacks from buying or renting farmland and required them to sign a yearly labor contract with a white employer.” “The codes also allowed the state to send black children to work for white employers if their parents couldn’t support them.” Excerpt from the book Into The land of freedom.


Why and when were black codes created
Why And When Were Black Codes Created?

  • The codes were created during the reconstruction era between 1865 and 1877. The codes were created because whites couldn’t accept that blacks were now free and because it was like the blacks weren’t completely free with these codes or laws.


What states were the black codes in
What States Were The Black Codes In?

  • The black codes were in many states that formally had slaves. Some of these states were Mississippi, Ohio, and Louisiana.


Mississippi s black codes

“All freedmen, free negroes and mulattoes may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, in all the courts of law and equity of this State, and may acquire personal property,”

“free negro or mulatto to rent or lease any lands or tenements except in incorporated cities or towns, in which places the corporate authorities shall control the same.”

The rest of these slides have the main points of the Mississippi black codes.

This section deals with property.

Mississippi’s Black Codes


Mississippi s black codes1

“All freedmen, free negroes and mulattoes may intermarry with each other, in the same manner and under the same regulations that are provided by law for white persons: Provided, that the clerk of probate shall keep separate records of the same.”

This section has to do with marriage.

Mississippi’s Black Codes


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“it shall not be lawful for any freedman, free negro or mulatto to intermarry with any white person; nor for any person to intermarry with any freedman, free negro or mulatto; and any person who shall so intermarry shall be deemed guilty of felony, and on conviction thereof shall be confined in the State penitentiary for life.”

This section also has to do with marriage.

Mississippi’s Black Codes


Mississippi s black codes3

“All contracts for labor made with freedmen, free negroes and mulattoes for a longer period than one month shall be in writing, and a duplicate,”

“if the laborer shall quit the service of the employer before the expiration of his term of service, without good cause, he shall forfeit his wages for that year up to the time of quitting.”

This section has to do with labor.

Mississippi’s Black Codes


The end

The End and mulattoes for a longer period than one month shall be in writing, and a duplicate,”

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Bibliography
Bibliography and mulattoes for a longer period than one month shall be in writing, and a duplicate,”

  • http://afroamhistory.about.com/library/blmississippi_blackcodes.htm


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