These are a few documents that describe a small portion of history that we as a people use to look into the past to get a glimpse of what experience's people of that time period had to experience and some of the trials and tribulation that people had to endure. "Black Codes enacted in the South" These codes were laws that white southerners put into place to try to maintain their way of life as it was before the civil war.

These laws were a vital part of history describing the restrictions that were put on the blacks. The Black codes talked about in Reading the American Past, were codes that were enacted in the state of Mississippi, there were codes, laws, enacted in nearly every southern state. The Mississippi Black codes their were made up of Acts and Sections: Act to Confer Civil Rights on Freedman, and for other Purposes—11 Sections Act to Regulate the Relation of Master and Apprentice, as Relates to Freedman, Free Negroes, and Mulattoes—10 Sections Act to Amend the Vagrant Laws of the State—8 Sections. There were 28 sections of the Black codes to restrict the freedom and opportunities of the southern blacks.

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The Black codes are documents that give clear and concise understanding of history to the time period of the Reconstruction. This concise understanding gives all that study and read these codes a clear picture of how American society was for the whites and the blacks. The whole thought process to enact such codes were biased to the white southerners, with these codes the southern plantation owners still had a hold on the now free blacks. "Elias Hill: Testimony before Congressional Committee Investigating the Ku Klux Klan, 1871," Elias Hill was a black minister in York County, South Carolina, who testified before a congressional committee in 1871 about the Ku Klux Klan’s aims and methods of operation.

Elias was deemed as a credible witness due to his outstanding stature within…