Black Code

Black Code

noun U.S. History, (in the ex-Confederate states)
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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Main Entry:  black code
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  any code or body of laws that limited the rights of former slaves after the Civil War but before the abolition of slavery
Example:  The Jim Crow Law is an example of black code.
Usage:  US
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black code
local or state legal restrictions on black people, free or slave; attested by 1840, Amer.Eng., though the thing itself is much older; from black + code.
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