14th Amendment Discussion Starter: The Black Codes

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The Black Codes and Jim Crow Laws were rules that served the same purpose: to restrict the rights of African Americans. Young historians watch performers read Black Code laws from different states to explain how African Americans were deprived of their rights despite the Fourteenth Amendment. The resource includes discussion questions on the impact of the Black Codes to strengthen scholars' understanding of the video. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Compare the Black Codes to Jim Crow Laws
  • Discuss the impact of the Black Codes on the civil rights of African Americans
Classroom Considerations
  • The resource is part of the Congressional Hall Pass Series 
  • Contains sensitive subject matter
  • This resource is only available on an unencrypted HTTP website. It should be fine for general use, but don’t use it to share any personally identifiable information
Pros
  • Video combines primary sources and theatrical performances in an engaging manner 
  • Highlights the struggle of African Americans to obtain equality 
Cons
  • None