Southern states created many laws and policies of their own

During the Reconstruction Era, the Southern states created many laws and policies of their own. These “Black Codes” either tried to minimize federal laws and policies or were in retaliation to them.

Suppose you were a former slave during this era, which one of the following restrictions would you find the most offensive?

  1. Restrictions or prohibitions on voting
  2. Restrictions such as those on job, land purchase, and mobility
  3. Inability to serve on juries or accuse a white person in court

Then, in a full paragraph or two:

  • Discuss the immediate and long-term consequences from your chosen restriction.
  • Identify any lessons we can learn today from this restriction and its impact.
  • Identify the source(s) where you read about the restriction.
 

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