Slave Codes: Free Slaves In The United States

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could not own property; • Slaves could not leave the plantation without permission” (p. 194). Slave Codes were wrongly enforced on free slaves in the North who had paid for their freedom with extra labor. Southerners thought that free African Americans were a nuisance and threat to slavery (Banks, 2003). According to Harris (1992), during the 1700s, free African Americans and African American slaves began to believe that they would have a better chance at equality and emancipation if they were able to read. Because Blacks were also segregated and discriminated against in churches, Blacks began to form Black churches where schools for Black children were established (Banks, 2003). African Americans worked to create and attend
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