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    Slave codes were a series of laws restricting slaves' behaviors. Slavery in the United States was governed by an extensive body of law developed from the 1660s to the 1860s. Slaves did not accept their fate without protest. There were many instances of rebellions. One of the earliest examples of a slave uprising was in 1712 in Manhattan. As African-Americans in the colonies grew in number, the white settlers worried that violent rebellions could occur. The fear of rebellions led each colony to pass

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    Slave codes as described on the book page 84 are series of laws passed mainly in the southern colonies in late 17th and early 18th centuries to defend the status of slaves and codify the denial of basic civil rights to them. Slave codes had a lot of loopholes one of the rules it did not permit was for slaves to get married because that meant the owner of the salve could not do as he wished. South Carolina took its slave code in effect in1712, these laws were then revised in 1739. Some of these slaves

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    Slaves were considered the bottom of the cast system. This allowed poor white farmers to be “above” somebody simply for being white. While some slaves were treated better than others, depending on the slave owner or their job, they were still regarded as property, not people. Killing a slave wasn’t even considered murder. Slaves had to abide by slave codes. These codes didn’t allow them even the simplest of rights. They couldn’t fight back against a white person (by court or by fist), leave the

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    9/21/16 Slave Codes in the Pre-Civil War United States Prior to the emancipation of the slaves in the United States , there were several laws governing the identities and the relationships of people with slaves . These laws were prevalent in the states that allowed slavery , especially in the South . These codes stipulated the rights of masters toward their slaves and defined the status of slaves in the American society . These codes also gave white masters almost absolute power over their slaves . The

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    Slave Codes In The Slave

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    Most slaves could not read or write, and they were not allowed to be taught how to read or write, therefore they found ways to communicate with each other in different forms that their owners would not be able to understand. Sometimes codes were created by whites who were helping the slaves and the slaves who had already escaped. Some examples of communication, also known as codes, are songs, quilts, dancing, and drums. Songs were used in everyday life by African slaves. The slaves called these

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    Virginia Slave Codes

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    Virginia Slave Codes The Virginia Slave Codes date all the way to early 1600s. During the 17th century, indentured servants, who decided to work for an affirmed amount of time in replace for their means of access to the "New World", were a handy resource of manual labor for the American colonies. Both blacks and whites served under the system (Goldenburg 1). White servants, after working out their time of agreement, often progressed to appreciated places in the society. On the other hand, their

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    Todd Turner Summer 1 US History 2015 2213 Due to slave codes making it illegal for slaves to learn to read, southern’s wanted to keep their slaves uneducated. Many people believed that African Americans were not capable of socializing with regular society and should only be kept away at the house or fields working. Whites wanted to keep power over their slaves from the time they were born. The masters did not want the slaves to find out important details about themselves for several reasons.

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    Slave Codes are rules placed by the government on how you're supposed to deal with your slaves. The Slave Codes stated that slaves aren't allowed off the plantation, and they determined what you should let your slaves have and own. The slaves thought that it was unfair and not right that they had were treated in such a way they felt that it was not fair for them to be treated this way they thought that they should be able to do the things that the white people do Such as having animals or growing

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    I'm not here writing this report to give you my viewpoint on slavery...yet. I'm here to talk about slave codes. There are a couple of questions that this project wants me to answer, and I will try to answer them as thoroughly as I possibly can. Before I answer these questions, I will briefly define what the "Slave Codes" are. Slave Codes were any set of rules that were based on the notion that slaves were property, not people. Now I will answer questions. The first question is "What

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    Slave Codes were laws that were set upon the black slaves in the seventeenth century. They were set upon the slaves by the owners to keep their slaves in “shape” so that they would not step out of line, which usually ended up in a big punishment. So if any of the slaves did step out of line, and tried to escape or break the rules that their owner had set usually their owner beat them with whips, humiliate them in front of crowds, and sometimes even death was allowed because they were of color, the

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