Black Codes: Control Before the Crow

Day 2 of #BlackHistoryMonth we learn about the precursor of Jim Crow: The Black Codes.

Black codes were the tool of white people to achieve societal control and cheap/free “legal” labor of freed black people during Reconstruction. The South started imposing a set of rules or codes to sabotage Reconstruction. The unifying fear of white Southern society, in the aftermath of the Civil War, was not rebuilding, but keeping their low-cost work force available to still work the land. President Andrew Johnson, who was elevated from the office of Vice-President to the…