(in the ex-Confederate states) any code of law that defined and especially limited the rights of formerly enslaved African Americans in the period immediately following the Civil War.
- Compare Jim Crow law.
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How to use Black Code in a sentence
It is on account of Slavery, with the Black Code, which is its offspring.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 7 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
To govern them, in 1724 a set of laws known as the Black Code was promulgated by the governor.The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
Spanish law was installed, although the French Black Code was retained.The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
Slavery and the Black Code were not to obtain license under any such terms.Charles Sumner; his complete works, volume 9 (of 20) | Charles Sumner
When I came to Indiana to reside the unfriendly Black Code was in force.Speeches of Benjamin Harrison | Benjamin Harrison