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Slavery Codes are the culmination of a series of acts that have been passed since the War of Northern Aggression. The primary focus of these acts has been to enact reform measures in the treatment of slaves.
Slavery Reform Act of 1865
The Slavery Reform Act of 1865 came about as President Davis' Administration's answer to foreign charges that negro slavery in the Confederacy was inherently inhumane and destroyed hundreds of thousands of lives. In order to put a more humane face on the institution and re-introduce slavery into the former Northern States of the Old Union Congress passed President Davis' Reconstruction plan which included the Slavery Reform Act of 1865.
The following laws became part the CS Civil Code and are commonly called the Slave Codes.
- When a slave flees from their owner and it is their first offense the owner shall have the option of either petitioning the Federal Government to purchase said slave or have said slave disciplined by whipping not to exceed 40 lashes by a whip.
Work Day and Week
- A Slave's work day shall not exceed 12 hours of actual work.
- Slaves who work in agriculture shall not begin work until after the sun has started to rise above the horizon.
- A slave's work week shall not exceed 72 hours.
- All Slaves must be given one full day (24 hours) for their religion practice and shall be either Saturday or Sunday.
- All slaves working in industry or agriculture shall be entitled to receive one hour, beginning at noon, for lunch.
- No slave shall have the privilege of marriage.
- All slaves are prohibited the practice of any religion other than the faith of their master.
- When an owner of slaves petitions the Federal Government to be relieved of their slaves, the Federal Government shall be obligated to pay no less than the exact value of the slaves to the certified owner.