Black Codes PP
Black Codes PP
Lesson 5: Black Codes
SWBAT assess the extent to which Black Codes contradicted
freedoms ensured to freedmen by the Reconstruction
Word of the Day/ Initial
Two ideas that oppose each other.
To speak to the opposite of something.
What did the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments guarantee to freed slaves?
Which actions committed by white Southerners would contradict the
freedoms granted in these amendments?
Why would the President and radical Republicans in congress allow
southern states to contradict the newly received rights of slaves?
200 years of slave supported
Increased social stratification after the war
Whites still control the economy
Freed slaves thrown into the mix
Also known as Jim Crow laws
Every Southern State passed Black Codes
Laws designed to subjugate newly freed slaves.
Southern governments composed of former slaveholders and
Black Codes opposed almost all personal freedoms.
Created second class citizens.
Black Codes: Turn &
Anna Deavere Smith, On Jim Crow Laws
“You know if we were to look back and how we were in 1955 living in
Jim Crow, living in segregation, living in segregated schools, it's hard
to believe that it was America, but it really was.”
What’s the main idea of this quote?
1 minute to write down a response to this question:
Why does Anna Smith believe that Jim Crow laws contradict the idea of
Turn & Talk: 30 seconds per partner
Focus Question: How do Black Codes contradict the amendments of
the Reconstruction era?
Read Black Codes during Reconstruction
Tips for completing this activity:
1. Review the questions first to familiarize yourself with the focus of the
reading (questions are chronological).
2. Read the article carefully looking for keywords or phrases that stand out.
3. Answer the questions in complete sentences.
How did the Black Codes restrict personal freedoms from
newly freed slaves?
Develop one critical thinking question from today’s mini-lesson or
Write onto post-it and place onto parking lot. You will address these
questions as a class during the initial-activity each following day.