The First Post-Civil War Code with an Anti-Miscegenation Law [Alabama]. Stone, Geo[rge] W. Shepherd, J[ohn] W[esley]. The Penal Code of Alabama; Prepared by Geo W. Stone and J.W. Shepherd, And Adopted by the General Assembly at the Session of 1865-6; Together with the Other Criminal Laws Now in Force. Published by Authority. Montgomery: Reid & Screws, State Printers, 1866. 238 pp. Octavo (8-1/4" x 5-1/2"). Later library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper shelf label to spine, endpapers added. Some soiling and light shelfwear, a few nicks to lettering pieces, corners and spine ends bumped. Moderate toning, light foxing to a few leaves, library marks and small tear with cellotape repair to title page. $950. * Only edition. The first phase of Reconstruction in Alabama took place in 1865-1866 under presidential supervision. It resulted in a government unacceptable to Congress due to its enfranchisement of prominent Confederates and overtly racist legislation. Congress refused to seat its senators and congressmen and, in 1867, placed Alabama under a military government. The 1866 Penal Code is notorious for being the first post-Civil War code to contain an anti-miscegenation law. Though it was enforced with less vigilance over time, this law remained in force until November 2000. Babbitt, Hand-List of Legislative Sessions and Session Laws 8.
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