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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon May-22-06 08:54 AM
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30. The slave codes
The British North American colonies (predecessor to the present-day USA) did not have chattel slavery, defined as Africans and their decendants as property through an inherited and permanent condition determined by the mother's status. Slavery and the racial caste system, under which we suffer to the present day, came about gradually with the introduction of laws called "slave codes" or "black codes". These laws slowly eroded away the civil rights of the Africans, or Negroes, as they were called in the 17th Century. Some of these laws included banning Negroes from owning firearms and making Negroes "servants for life".

A timeline is found at http://www.history.org/history/teaching/slavelaw.cfm and additional information is at http://www.cr.nps.gov/ethnography/aah/aaheritage/histCo...
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