SAT Subject US History Practice Question 477: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 477

8. The Black Codes of the late 1860s had which of the following purposes?

A. To restore the status quo of Southern society before the Civil War
B. To enforce freedmen's right to vote
C. To allow African Americans to hold elected office
D. To intimidate Democrats into staying away from the polls
E. To nullify the Secession Acts of 1860 and 1861

Correct Answer: A


The Black Codes varied from state to state, but they all abridged the rights of African Americans. Southern legislatures could not restore slavery, but they insisted on continuing a system of racial segregation and oppression.

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