Black Codes

A set of regulations that were placed upon the freedmen after the Civil War.

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What were the black codes?

In the South following the Civil War, the white governments sought to avoid losing economic and political power to the newly freed slaves. The Black Codes were laws enacted in 1865 and 1866 to reduce the rights of blacks.

Under the Codes, they were not allowed to vote, to hold office, or to serve on a jury. They were also not guaranteed any sort of public education. In effect, their rights under the Constitution and the Bill of Rights were being denied.

The Black Codes led to further exertion of power by the North, which demanded that states ratify the 13th and 14th Amendments before being allowed to regain their representation in Congress. Military rule was established and new Republican governments soon repealed the Black Codes.

Although they were ruled unconstitutional, the Black Codes were soon supplanted by the Jim Crow laws, so that the separate-but-equal doctrine allowed states to continue to repress their black populations for another century.

In addition, attacking the Black Codes were a high priority for Congress. The Civil Rights Act of 1866, was a step towards this goal.

What is a black bistro uniform?

well a black bistro uniform looks like a chef uniform but black and without the hat.


What are party mottos?

Be Cool, Rocking, Fashionable, and dazzling........

Where do African-American Johnson's come from?

African-Americans with European surnamesI believe that I understand that the Johnson surname is of Norman Anglo Saxxon origin so it is understandable that an African-American with this surname must have acquired it in America during slavery. My assumtion is based on the fact that although the British Empire enslaved many peoples world wide, no other ethinc group lost their names and identities. A great example of this is in Tobaggo and Trinidad where peolple of eastern Indian decent still carry their Indian surnames, however the people of African desent have European names mostly English Dutch and Spanish. But i cant find any trace of ancesteral or geneoligical evidence of how or where the names began to be attached to African-Americans. The only Africans to use the name are of African-American decant in modern Liberia. They obviously came from within the ranks of American slaves that adopted or were more likely forced to use this name in place of their African names (see Alex Haley's Roots). I am curious of whom is recorded among the first African-Americans to use English surnames and of what areas and families they originated.

What restrictions were placed on slaves?

Virginia, 1650"Act XI. All persons except Negroes are to be provided with arms and ammunitions or be fined at the pleasure of the governor and council."Virginia, 1662"Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children got by any Englishmen upon a Negro shall be slave or Free, Be it therefore enacted and declared by this present Grand assembly, that all children born in this country shall be held bond or free only according to the condition of the mother."Maryland, 1664"That whatsoever free-born [English] woman shall intermarry with any slave [...] shall serve the master of such slave during the life of her husband; and that all the issue of such free-born women, so married shall be slaves as their fathers were."Virginia, 1667"Act III. Whereas some doubts have arisen whether children that are slaves by birth [...] should by virtue of their baptism be made free, it is enacted that baptism does not alter the condition to the person as to his bondage or freedom; masters freed from this doubt may more carefully propagate Christianity by permitting slaves to be admitted to that sacrament."Virginia, 1682"Act I. It is enacted that all servants [...] which shall be imported into this country either by sea or by land, whether Negroes, Moors [Muslim North Africans], mulattoes or Indians who and whose parentage and native countries are not Christian at the time of their first purchase by some Christian [...] and all Indians, which shall be sold by our neighboring Indians, or any other trafficking with us for slaves, are hereby adjudged, deemed and taken to be slaves to all intents and purposes any law, usage, or custom to the contrary notwithstanding."Virginia, 1705[1]"All servants imported and brought into the Country...who were not Christians in their native Country...shall be accounted and be slaves. All Negro, mulatto and Indian slaves within this dominion...shall be held to be real estate."South Carolina, 1712"Be it therefore enacted, by his Excellency, William, Lord Craven, Palatine.... and the rest of the members of the General Assembly, now met at Charles Town, for the South-west part of this Province, and by the authority of the same, That all negroes, mulatoes, mestizoes or Indians, which at any time heretofore have been sold, or now are held or taken to be, or hereafter shall be bought and sold for slaves, are hereby declared slaves; and they, and their children, are hereby made and declared slaves...."

Violence and other injustices against slaves
  • Virginia, 1705 - "If any slave resists his master...correcting such a slave, and shall happen to be killed in such correction...the master shall be free of all if such accident never happened."
  • South Carolina, 1712 - "Be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, That no master, mistress, overseer, or other person whatsoever, that hath the care and charge of any negro or slave, shall give their negroes and other slaves go out of their plantations.... Every slave hereafter out of his master's plantation, without a ticket, or leave in writing, from his master...shall be whipped...."
  • Louisiana, 1724 - "The slave who, having struck his master, his mistress, or the husband of his mistress, or their children, shall have produced a bruise, or the shedding of blood in the face, shall suffer capital punishment."
Reading by slaves illegalSome Slavery Codes made teaching, Mulatto, Indian and indentured slaves illegal. [2]
  • Alabama, 1833, section 31 - "Any person or persons who attempt to teach any free person of color, or slave, to spell, read, or write, shall, upon conviction thereof by indictment, be fined in a sum not less than two hundred and fifty dollars, nor more than five hundred dollars."
  • Alabama, 1833, section 32 - "Any free person of color who shall write for any slave a pass or free paper, on conviction thereof, shall receive for every such offense, thirty-nine lashes on the bare back, and leave the state of Alabama within thirty days thereafter..."
  • Alabama, 1833, section 33 - "Any slave who shall write for any other slave, any pass or free-paper, upon conviction, shall receive, on his or her back, fifty lashes for the first offence, and one hundred lashes for every offence thereafter..."

What is the name of the primitive tribe of Zaire?

Pygmies are one of the primitive tribe of Zaire, Africa. They are still present in the deep tropical rain forests of Zaire, Africa. Can you believe that those ancient tribes are still present? Yes they are! If you go on a visit to Africa, Zaire, you may see one of them hunting in the deep forests of the tropical rain forests!

Who enacted the black codes and what did they entail?

The Black Codes were enacted by Andrew Johnson and they entail.......... finish it

What did black codes do?

They limited the freedom of recently freed Blacks.

Who invented the name for the Jim Crow laws?

Dr. John Thorp, a cultural anthropologist at the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Mich., said a song sung by blacks in the early 19th century poked fun at Jim Crow, a slave master, and a law that said blacks couldn't dance by shuffling their feet. In the 1820s it appeared in sheet music written by Thomas Dartmouth "Daddy" Rice, a white actor and musician who did short skits between play scenes at the Park Theater in New York City. Some accounts say Rice heard a black man singing the Jim Crow song on the street and decided to use that image as a stage character in his act. Rice depicted blacks as lazy, singing and dancing fools in his act. His stage show was a hit, and Jim Crow became a stock character in other minstrel shows. The term "Jim Crow Law" was first used n 1841 in reference to a Massachusetts law which required railroads to provide a separate car for Negro passengers.

Why were the black codes passed?

Dansko clogs are a fairly new product line, so that might explain why a pair has been hard to track down. If you live in Massachusetts and are near an Express for men or women, they currently carry Dansko products and might have a pair you like.

Did black men have to follow slave codes?

No, because there were free Blacks and then there were slaves, so they were considered completely different classes. However, even free Blacks weren't treated fairly.

Who started black history month?

Carter C. Woodson wanted for people to start reconizing the hard work of African americans. He was a Former coal miner born to former slaves. He got a degree from Harvard University.
Dr. Carter G. Woodson was the originator of the idea for a black history month celebration.

Why was the Jim crow law invented?

They were made so that the democratic party could still stay in power. Because if they (the south) were to allow the blacks to vote, they would most assuredly vote for the republicans. It was not only about keeping blacks down, but also a way for democrats to have the power.

How did the Jim Crow laws get their name?

Jim Crow was an antebellum minstrel show character created by Thomas Dartmouth Rice in the early 1830s. "Daddy Rice" was a white actor who blackened his face with burnt cork and performed a song-and-dance act said to have been inspired by an elderly black man from the South. Rice's tattered costume and exaggerated movements and voice were an insulting parody that brought him international acclaim. The identity of the original Jim Crow, if he did exist, is unknown. Some say he was a slave in Ohio or South Carolina; others believe he may have been a slave owner. One faction holds that the name was derived from the simile "black as a crow." Regardless of its origin, the name "Jim Crow" soon became interchangeable with the word "Negro."

What was the purpose of the black codes enacted in the south?

Well the Black Codes were used to restrict against the blacks. Example no weapons allowed when a slave, no religious practice, I believe there was the grandfather voting it was if your great grandpa was a citizen or voted before segregation. This allowed the blacks to vote.

What did the Black Codes seem to indicate to many Northerners?

The Northerners saw the Black Codes as attempts to restore slavery.

What year were African American men allowed to vote?

African-American men were granted the right to vote when the Fifteenth Amendment was ratified in 1870.

How did the black codes provide a steady source of labor for whites who owned farms?

The black codes provided a steady source of labor for whites who owned farms, because African Americans who did not have jobs were made to serve time as forced laborers.

What is de facto segregation?

Racial segregation, especially in public schools, that happens "by fact" rather than by legal requirement. For example, often the concentration of African-Americans in certain neighborhoods produces neighborhood schools that are predominantly Black, or segregated in fact (de facto), although not by law (de jure).

De facto segregation means that there is, in reality, segregation. Consider racial segregation of schools in the U.S. There was a time when some states had legally mandated segregation -- separate schools for Black and White students. This is no longer the case. However, some places still have de facto segregation where certain schools are virtually all White and others are virtually all Black. This could happen because the Blacks of a district live in the same area and use the same local school. And they might live in the same area because it is where they can afford the housing, or because whites in a formerly mixed neighborhood have moved away.

Similarities between WEB Du Bois and Booker T Washington?

Du BOis thought Washington's strategy accepted white domination

Du Bois thought Washington should promote more direct confrontation against discrimination.

Du Bois thought Washington emphasized economic advancement for African Americans while accepting segregation.