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Black Code

noun, U.S. History, (in the ex-Confederate states)
1.
any code of law that defined and especially limited therights of former slaves after the Civil War.
Compare Jim Crow Law
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black code

n.

local or state legal restrictions on black persons, free or slave; attested by 1840, American English, though the thing itself is much older.

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