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English definition of “black codes”

black codes

plural noun  /ˈblæk ˈkoʊdz/
US history laws intended to prevent those people who had been enslaved from using their rights
(Definition of black codes plural noun from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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