Virginia Slave Code


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The audience for the 1860 Code of Virginia, like any legal code, consisted of judges, attorneys, law enforcement authorities, and anyone who might be a slave owner or involved with the capture of escaped slaves. Beyond the legal community were the people of Virginia. The news of frequent slave conspiracies created a public audience that wanted assurance that the laws would enable authorities to suppress an insurrectionary spirit among the enslaved. Many other people took the...