- any code of law that defined and especially limited the rights of former slaves after the Civil War.
Compare Jim Crow law.
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local or state legal restrictions on black persons, free or slave; attested by 1840, American English, though the thing itself is much older.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper