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Black Code

noun U.S. History. (in the ex-Confederate states)
  1. any code of law that defined and especially limited the rights of former slaves after the Civil War.
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Word Origin and History for black code


local or state legal restrictions on black persons, free or slave; attested by 1840, American English, though the thing itself is much older.

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