After the emancipation of the slaves, southern whites were not happy, to say the least. While many people were angry, the predominant emotion was fear. Their entire lives had just been turned upside down, and many did not know how they were going to survive without slaves as their entire livelihoods often times depended on having slave labor. In addition to this, they were also very afraid of what the newly freed blacks might do to them. Despite rarely occurring, many southern whites had great fears of being killed or raped by the free blacks. Naturally, they tried to get as much power back as they could and created the Black Codes, which were designed to limit the things that a black person was allowed to do or possess. All in all, the southern whites reacted about as one would expect them to react considering the shakeup that they had just experienced.