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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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Contemporary definitions for Black Code
noun

any code or body of laws that limited the rights of former slaves after the Civil War but before the abolition of slavery

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The Jim Crow Law is an example of black code.

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Word Origin and History for Black Code

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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