This article by Jerrell H. Shofner is mainly about Florida's Black Codes. These "black codes" were laws that were intended both to guarantee the subservice of the entire black population and to assure the continued division of Southern Society along strict racial lines. These black codes were only the first set of measures designed to preserve the "Southern way of life." Other measures such as the "Jim Crow" laws, which legalized segregation in public facilities along with other concepts, were followed. Such concepts and laws prevented blacks from rising above the lowest social economic group, or even to protest effectively. The article starts off by talking about Dr. Deborah Coggins , a white health officer for Madison, Jefferson, and Taylor counties. Dr. Deborah Coggins was dismissed from her position because according to North Floridians and other whites, Dr. Coggins had violated one of the strictest taboos of her community when "she ate with the darkies." It was against the law for blacks and whites to socialize in the 1950s in Florida. The delegates to the 1865 constitutional convention and the members of the 1865-1866 legislature who created the Florida black codes saw blacks as mentally inferior and incompetent to order their own affairs and to them rejection to the superior white race was their natural condition. Florida had a slave code regulating almost every activity in the lives of blacks. It was understandable that the lawmakers of 1865-1866 would draw on their past experiences and on
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