Roll Of Thunder Portfolio By: Lance Warner P4 English 7 honors

Jim Crow Laws


“Separate free schools shall be established for the education of children of African descent; and it shall be unlawful for any colored child to attend any white school, or any white child to attend a colored school.”

This law made it tough for blacks to go to school because their schoolhouses were almost always torn up houses in plains or any other hard-to-reach areas. This was also extremely unfair because the whit kids got fancy mansion-like houses.


“It shall be unlawful for a negro and white person to play together or in company with each other in any game of cards or dice, dominoes or checkers.”

This law made it impossible for people of different color to play board, or any type of game together. Even if, say, the white guy and black guy were friends, they could not play dice, checkers, or dominoes.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was an economic catastrophe, it started (mostly) from the NBER stock market crash in October 1929. For this reason many have said that the Depression started on Main Street and not Wall Street. This downfall of the stock market was leading the economy in an ominous direction. Some say that the fall in stock prices had a negative wealth effect on consumption, but attributes only a minor role to this given that stocks were not a large fraction of total wealth; the stock market in 1929, although falling dramatically, remained above the value it had achieved in early 1928, and the propensity to consume from wealth was small during this period.

Abolishment Of Slavery

And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in nessecary self deffense and I recomend to them that, in all cases when allowed, hey labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

And with that, slavery was over. The black people were free from the wretched clutches of the white people. This ment a whole lot to the black families that were forced into slavery. This ment that they were free, and free ment that they could no longer be forced to work for white people. Which was great! Because then the blck people could go on and live happy lives with their loved ones.

“Baby, you had to grow up a little today. I wish…well, no matter what I wish. It happened and you have to accept the fact that in the world outside this house, things are not always as we would have them to be. (Taylor #192)

And that is what mama said, how the black people were not treated as fair as the white people and Cassie will just have to grow up and accept that.

"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction." -The Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America


LYNCHING was a form of punnishment that was given to (mostly) black people. Lynchng was tying a noose in a strand of rope, and hanging the person from the rope, choking them. It was terrible, but thats the only way people thought of punishing black people. This applies to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry because they threatened to lynch T.J. for robbing the Barnett's store.

A welling affirmation rose from the men. “I got me three new ropes!” exclaimed Kaleb. (Taylor 363)
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