5.2 Defense of the war Disputed territory. .
. 1.1 Early life 6.4 Indian affairs When the U.S took over Louisiana Americans from the Protestant South entered the territory and began to impose their norms They officially discouraged interracial relationships (although white men continued to have unions with black women both enslaved and free.) the Americanization of Louisiana gradually resulted in a binary system of race causing free people of color to lose status as they were grouped with the slaves They lost certain rights as they became classified by American whites as officially "black". Across the South white legislatures enacted harsh new laws to curtail the already limited rights of African Americans Virginia prohibited blacks free or slave from practicing preaching prohibited blacks from owning firearms and forbade anyone to teach slaves or free blacks how to read it specified heavy penalties for both student and teacher if slaves were educated including whippings or jail.