Literature Study GuidesMississippi Black Codes

Mississippi Black Codes | Study Guide

Mississippi Legislature

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic
MLA

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Mississippi Black Codes Study Guide." Course Hero. 13 Mar. 2020. Web. 28 Mar. 2020. <https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Mississippi-Black-Codes/>.

In text

(Course Hero)

APA

Bibliography

Course Hero. (2020, March 13). Mississippi Black Codes Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved March 28, 2020, from https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Mississippi-Black-Codes/

In text

(Course Hero, 2020)

Chicago

Bibliography

Course Hero. "Mississippi Black Codes Study Guide." March 13, 2020. Accessed March 28, 2020. https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Mississippi-Black-Codes/.

Footnote

Course Hero, "Mississippi Black Codes Study Guide," March 13, 2020, accessed March 28, 2020, https://www.coursehero.com/lit/Mississippi-Black-Codes/.

Overview

Author

Mississippi Legislature

Year Passed

1865

Type

Primary Source

Genre

History

At a Glance

  • After the Civil War (1861–65), the white-controlled state governments of the former Confederate states were determined to limit the effects of the end of slavery. In 1865 the Mississippi legislature passed a set of laws called "black codes" that restricted the rights and opportunities of formerly enslaved people.
  • Mississippi was the first state of the former Confederacy to enact black codes, but other states quickly followed its model.
  • Mississippi's black codes focused on four areas—civil rights, the labor of minors, vagrancy (the legal term for homelessness), and crime. In each area the new laws denied equal rights to African Americans and imposed harsh punishments on formerly enslaved persons who broke the laws.
  • African Americans in Mississippi and even some white-owned newspapers in Mississippi protested the "black codes."
  • The harsh limits on African Americans across the South prompted the Republican-controlled Congress to take control of Reconstruction. Congress disbanded the new state governments in the South and placed most states of the former Confederacy under military rule. The result was a brief period during which African Americans played a strong role in forming and running new state governments in the South.

Summary

This study guide for Mississippi Legislature's Mississippi Black Codes offers summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from Amazon.com
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about Mississippi Black Codes? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors