Slave Codes: Free Blacks In The North And The South

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Slave codes were a set of laws determined within each state that defined the proper behavior of slaves and the rights of their masters. As early as 1712, slave codes were defined and established in South Carolina and spread throughout the other states. One slave code was that if a slave tried to reject slavery it could be punished by death. A slave also did not have the rights to bear arms or strike a white man even for self protection. If a slave committed a crime against any white person then the slave could be put to death. A slave was not allowed to travel unless they had written permission from their owners. The slaves could be owned, but they were not allowed to own anything themselves. Slaves were not allowed to congregate unless there…show more content…
But it mattered where they lived whether or not they would make a change. If a free black lived in the south, he or she could not really do anything, but if they lived in the north they could make a change. There were actually more freed blacks in the South than in the North. Many of these freed black families stayed in the South because many of the northern states would not allow them into their state as free men and many other freed blacks didn’t know if life in the North would be better than in the South. If a free black lived in the North they could make a change by voting, writing about changing the slave codes, or buying slaves that were friends and family and setting them free.

Abolitionist also tried to do the most that they could. The goal of the abolitionist movement was the immediate emancipation of all slaves and to put an end to all racial discrimination and segregation. Abolitionists would make antislavery clubs/society to try and stop slavery. In some extreme cases, like John Brown, they attacked and raided slave plantations or slave owners houses. There were many male and female abolitionists in the North that helped with the movement to free all slaves. This caused tension between the North and the South leading up to the Civil
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Slavery in this country didn't officially end until Dec. 6, 1865, the day the 13th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified. It was on that day in 1865 that American slavery, for the most part, which lasted 246 years, officially came to an end. These black codes kept the old slaves from voting and making african americans do harder jobs than white people that were paid at minimum wage. The slave codes were eliminated in 1868 with the 14th Amendment and the 15th Amendment of the United States
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