Roll Of Thunder Portfolio By matthew lim

Jim Crow laws


Marriage with a White person is not permitted with another race. It was also not allowed for another race to have sexual action with a White person. This was used in Wyoming when racism was still dominant. Anyone that is not white was prosecuted in court. These other races were either arrested, hanged, fined, lynched, or had other things happen to them.

The Militia

White people and other races were enrolled into the militia separately. This meant that they could not work in the same organization. Other races could not be deployed where white troops have been deployed. White officers could control the colored troops. This is a law in North Carolina that was used. It was to control who was in what army.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a economic crisis during the early 1900's. Some areas had a drought and had economic problem. Some states even had a economic crisis before the Great Depression. These economic problems such as prices lowering caused farmers to start becoming sharecroppers in some states. White people still had more rights than colored people at the time. This meant that colored people didn't get as much gain from the same job as white people. Sharecropper white's gained 200 dollars or less during this time and had inadequate meals. Colored folk had worse conditions than those white folks at the time. the White people's living conditions were bad. Some homes didn't have any way to get water or electricity. As soon as the Great Depression hit, the whole nation lost something. Landowners and businessmen lost their land or business since less people began to pay. The banking system began to fail, loans were lost, and money was lost. Jobs began to stop for businesses and places affected by the Great Depression. Some states were barely affected by the Great Depression and still had quite a bit of businesses remaining. Some colored people were able to get lucky and be skilled. People started to listen to music to push their problems away. Colored Folk's population in some places began to lower. The entire nation was struck by the Great Depression.

Abolishment of Slavery

There was a civil war to stop slavery and make rights fair between races. In the Emancipation Proclamation By Abraham Lincoln States that "I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages", which meant that both races should get equal wages. In Roll of thunder though, we see that in the North, the races are still being treated the same way and the South does anything they want to the colored races. It was due to slavery, they thought the same way when slaves were still allowed. They still think that way even after the civil war. There is many evidence such as “In fact, she said, the county provided very little and much of the money which supported the black schools came from the black churches". There was also the fact that Colored folks with land were very rare and most colored folk were sharecroppers.

"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" -Info from the thirteenth amendment


Lynching is when someone is killed without a fair trial. This was common in the south since white people believed they had more rights than colored people. Like when some people just took a match and put it to the berries in roll of thunder. They didn't even go through trial and they were still burned for messing with a White Girl. One of the berries even died of later causes due to the burning. As it says here 'Some white men took a match to ’em" which shows that they were just burned.


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