black code

noun, often capitalized B&C

Definition of black code

: a code of laws especially as adopted by some southern states of the U.S. shortly after the Civil War limiting the rights of black people

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History and Etymology for black code

from Black Code, a code of laws promulgated in Louisiana in the 18th century to define the status of black people, translation of French Code Noir

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“Black code.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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