BRIA 15 2

Bill of Right in Action
Spring 1999 (15:2)


As defined in Webster’s New World Dictionary, a code is a body of laws arranged systematically. This Bill of Rights in Action examines three different codes: the Code Napoleon, the most influential code of modern times; Southern Black Codes, the infamous laws Southern states attempted to adopt following the Civil War; and the emerging international law against the death penalty, which conflicts directly with much U.S. state and federal law.

World History: The Code Napoleon

U.S. Government: The Death Penalty and Human Rights: Is the U.S Out of Step?

U.S. History: The Southern “Black Codes” of 1865-66

This issue of the Bill of Rights in Action is made possible by a generous grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation.

Officers: Haley J. Fromholz, President; Marjorie S. Steinberg, President-Elect; Publications Committee: Jerome C. Byrne, Chairperson; Gerald Chaleff, Lee S. Edmond, Patrick J. McDonough, Michael W. Monk, Margaret Morrow, Peggy Saferstein, Deborah S. Saxe, Marvin Sears, Lois Thompson, Carlton Varner. Staff: Todd Clark, Executive Director; Marshall L. Croddy, Director of Program and Materials Development; Carlton Martz, Writer; Bill Hayes, Editor; Andrew Costly, Production Manager; Gerald Chaleff, CRF Board Reviewer.

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