“If any apprentice shall leave the employment of his or her master or mistress without his or her consent, said master

“If any apprentice shall leave the employment of his or her master or
mistress without his or her consent, said master or mistress may pursue
and recapture said apprentice and bring him or her before any justice of
the peace of the county, whose duty it shall be to remand (return) said
apprentice to the service of his or her master or mistress.
All freedmen. over the age of eighteen years found. with no lawful
employment or business, or found unlawfully assembling themselves
together either in the day or nighttime, and all white persons.
associating with freedmen.on terms of equality. shall be deemed
vagrants; and, on conviction thereof, shall be fined. and imprisoned.”
-Mississippi Black Codes, 1865
Based on the information in the excerpts, it can be concluded that the
codes were meant
to continue the economic and social restrictions previously placed on slaves.
O to force newly freed slaves to migrate North.
to former slaves adjust to their new status as free people.
O to use the Freedmen’s Bureau to aid in the economic and political progress of former slaves.


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