Politics and Government

Women and the Political Process

Were slave women involved in political activities?

Slave codes that states enacted during slavery denied all black people governed by the codes the right to hold meetings and engage in social activities unless sanctioned by their masters. This action effectively limited slave women in their ability to aid themselves and their families. Such laws, however, failed to prevent slave women from seeking redress and making bold political statements at secret meetings or from planning and participating in slave revolts.


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