Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum
Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum
|Creator||The Texas Legislature|
|Context||After the Civil War, former Confederate states attempted to regain economic control of former slaves without attracting the attention of Northerners who were sympathetic to African American rights.|
|Audience||Citizens of Texas|
|Purpose||To take away the rights of former slaves without being too obvious about it|
President Johnsonâ€™s mild version
of Reconstruction emboldened
Southern whites. Slavery was over,
but powerful whites still needed
black labor and they realized that
the war had left their former slaves
more hopeful and assertive.
Southern legislators passed clusters of laws, Black Codes, to reestablish white control. The codes covered where blacks could live, when they could be on the street, what occupations they could pursue, and more. They were particularly concerned with stipulating methods for gaining control of black peopleâ€™s labor.