Black Codes

Black Codes

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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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