Slave codes enforced and encouraged the white people to believe that the blacks were inferior to them. The laws were demeaning, and legally gave whites even more ways to take away the rights of blacks. After slavery ended, people still believed blacks to be just as insignificant and inferior as they did before. Lincoln’s emancipation of the slaves did not change most people’s feelings about blacks as a race, because being allowed the power to deny the rights of another race had been acceptable for so long that when that changed, they still believed in what they had been taught or already agreed was normal and fair.

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