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Report: Slave Codes U.S. History Unit: 4 Lesson: 12 By Bryce Calhoun Question 1: What specific restrictions were placed on slaves? Were the same restrictions placed on free blacks? The laws differed from state to state but generally asserted full rights of control to masters and required full obedience and subservience of slaves, forgave masters for the use of violence against slaves (even rape and murder), and prohibited slaves from learning how to read. Question 2: How did free blacks respond to the slave codes? The reaction of free blacks to slave codes largely depended on where they lived. According to the Library of Congress, many free blacks in the South could do little in the way of opposing the slave codes because they were barred from traveling or assembling peacefully. In Northern cities, free blacks opposed the slave codes through voting, writings and buying slaves who were friends or family members. Question 3: What did abolitionists do in response to the slave codes? Well, the abolitionists started Antislavery organizations and societies. They also went about speaking against slavery. Some abolitionists, like John Brown took it to the extremes by raiding and attacking families that had slaves. Question 4: When and how did the codes change? When and how were slave codes eliminated? All such codes became null and void with the ratification of the 13th Amendment in 1865, although many southern states adopted “Black Codes” to keep former slaves from voting and imposed other restrictions. These were eliminated with the 14th and 15th Amendments. End Work Cited
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