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Slave Codes: Crash Course Black American History #4

Slave codes were a method of protecting the investment of white enslavers in the Colonies by restricting the lives of enslaved people in almost every imaginable way.

The codes restricted enslaved people’s ability to move around, or engage in commerce that could make them financially independent – they restricted the very opportunities that would allow them to live with even relative freedom.

Today, we’ll learn about how Colonies put laws in place to restrict the movement and freedoms of both enslaved people and free Black people alike.

Note from Among the Fray: Now that we have finished European History, we will be watching Crash Course’s Black American History series. An episode – in chronological order of course – will be posted with the morning news everyday.

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X, O.A.A.U.’s [Organization of Afro-American Unity] founding forum at the Audubon Ballroom (1964)


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