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SLAVE CODES are the laws that governed the lives of enslaved people in the United States from 1619-1865. They were rigorously enforced in the Southern U.S., prescribing punishments for slaves who learned (or taught others) how to read and write, the work hours slaves were expected to toil, food they were rationed, clothing they were to wear, conditions for marriage, child care and all aspects of daily life.

Slave Codes
Slave Codes
corn, sticks,newspaper on woolen rug
36"h x 24"w