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Slave codes were a method of protecting the investment of white enslavers in the Colonies by restricting the lives of enslaved people in almost every imaginable way. The codes restricted enslaved people’s ability to move around, or engage in commerce that could make them financially independent – they restricted the very opportunities that would allow them to live with even relative freedom. Today, we’ll learn about how Colonies put laws in place to restrict the movement and freedoms of both enslaved people and free Black people alike.


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  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade (Part 1)
  • Slavery In The Colonies (Part 2)
  • Elizabeth Key (Part 3)
  • Slave Codes (Part 4)

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