During the Reconstruction Era, the Southern states created many laws and policies of their own. These “Black Codes” either tried to minimize federal laws and policies or were in retaliation to them.

Suppose you were a former slave during this era, which one of the following restrictions would you find the most offensive?

  1. Restrictions or prohibitions on voting
  2. Restrictions such as those on job, land purchase, and mobility
  3. Inability to serve on juries or accuse a white person in court

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Then, in a full paragraph or two: