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In 1863, Abraham Lincoln created the Emancipation Proclamation that freed slaves forever as of January 1, 1863.
But.. President Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in a theater. Vice President Andrew Johnson took over presidency.
President Andrew Johnson did not agree with Abraham Lincoln's Reconstruction plan nor did he want the blacks free.
Ex-slaves shall pay no role in politics!
Black Codes were created so African Americans could not rent or own homes..
..could not assemble together without presence of a white person..
What do you think you're doing in here!?
Many codes restricted blacks to participate in society. Violators of these laws were subject to being whipped, branded, fined, or even imprisoned.
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