November 24, 1865 – Mississippi Criminalizes Unemployment and Assembly by Free Blacks [VIDEO]

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“Black Codes” were laws passed by Southern states in an effort to control and confine the newly freed black population following the Civil War. On November 24, 1865, one of those laws, which was passed in Mississippi, criminalized unemployment and assembly by “all freedmen, free negroes and mulattoes.” With these black codes, the former Confederacy began using the criminal justice system as a means of racial control.

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