Reconstruction Documents for 1-24-11

Reconstruction Documents for 1-24-11 - Readings for January...

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Readings for January 24, 2011 pp. 2-8 Eric Foner, The Story of American Freedom : Foner is one of the leading American historians of Reconstruction. This short selection should give you some background to help you understand the rest of the documents. pp. 9-11 Letters from ex-slaves seeking to reunite their families. pp. 12 Letter from a Georgia Planter to the Freedmen’s Bureau. pp. 13-15 Mississippi Black Codes, 1865.
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Black Codes of Mississippi, 1865 In response to emancipation, many states enacted “black codes,” laws meant to ensure that planters did not lose their subservient labor force and to legally enshrine a social order of white supremacy. In November 1865, Mississippi enacted the first, and harshest, of these sets of laws, although the black codes of all states shared essential features. An act to confer Civil Rights on Freedmen, and for other purposes., Section 1. Be it enacted by the legislature of the state of Mississippi, that all freedmen, free Negroes, and mulattoes may sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded in all the courts of law and equity of this state, and may acquire personal property and choses in action, by descent or purchase, and may dispose of the same in the same manner and to the same extent that white persons may: Provided , that the provisions of this section shall not be construed as to allow any freedman, free Negro, or mulatto to rent or lease any lands or tenements, except in incorporated towns or cities, in which places the corporate authorities shall control the same…. Section 3. Be it further enacted, that all freedmen, free Negroes, and mulattoes who do now and have heretofore lived and cohabited together as husband and wife shall be taken and held in law as legally married, and the issue shall be taken and held as legitimate for all purposes. That it shall not be lawful for any freedman, free Negro, or mulatto to intermarry with any white person; nor for any white person to intermarry with any freedman, free Negro, or mulatto; and any person who shall so intermarry shall be deemed guilty of felony and, on conviction thereof, shall be confined in the state penitentiary for life; and those shall be deemed freedmen, free Negroes, and mulattoes who are of pure Negro blood; and those descended from a Negro to the third generation inclusive, though one ancestor of each generation may have been a white person. Section 5. Be it further enacted, that every freedman, free Negro, and mulatto shall, on the second Monday of January 1866, and annually thereafter, have a lawful home or employment, and shall have a written evidence thereof, as follows, to wit: if living in any incorporated city, town, or village, a license from the mayor thereof; and if living outside of any incorporated city, town, or village, from the member of the board of police of his beat, authorizing him or her to do
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