In 1866, the Texas legislature passed laws to govern society through a series of harsh measures aimed at the freedmen. Under those rules, collectively referred to as the “Black Codes,” former slaves were required to sign labor contracts by early January for the entire year, restrict their travel away from places of employment unless with written permission, show deference to white people, and refrain from voting.
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