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Jim Crow Laws

Nursing and Doctor System

In Alabama during the 1800s no person or corporation shall require any white female nurse to nurse in wards or rooms in the hospitals. This wasn't allowed in either public or private hospitals where African men were placed in.

Jim Crow Laws


In Florida during the 1800s the schools for the white children and the schools for the negro children shall be conducted separately. This means that the black people could not go to the same school as a white people.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression started soon after the stock market crashed in October 1929. This left millions of white and black people to become unemployed and many of the nations banks had failed. This was a devastating time for America. This time affected the characters in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry because the black people were treatterribly by all of the white people. One of the characters in the story with the name Little Man, doesn't understand why the black kids don't get their own bus. The Logan family goes to a school called Great Faith Elemantary and they are very lucky becuase the school recieved textbooks. But when Lillte Man opens the book he sees that the books have only been used by the white kid and they trashed the books. Little Man also noticed that the white kids called the black kids negro's. This upset Cassie and Little Man because they don't like that word

Abolishment of Slavery

The end of slavery meant many things to the African Americans. Something that it meant to them was that they don't have to fight anymore. In Chapter six of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry when Cassie goes to strawberry with Big Ma, Mama, and Stacey Cassie becomes frustrated. When Cassie and Stacey going into the store they are not helped because they are black. Then when Cassie leaves the store she wasn't paying attention and she accidentally ran into Lillian Jean. When Cassie doesn't apologize Big Ma makes her apologize, Cassie doesn't understand why she has to but she needed to. When Cassie tells Mama that she doesn't get why she has to call Lillian Jean, Miz this is what Mama says,“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.” (Mama 227) This really affected Cassie because she feels that no one is standing up for her but they are really just trying to protect Cassie from the white people. In the article Emancipation Proclamation, it states ".....I hereby call upon the peoples of declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense...." this shows that people were tried for fighting for no reason.

"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 is when people (mostly African American) we hung from a tree or a high up area because they broke the law or committed a crime. Lynching is also when you get hung with or with out a legal trial. It was mostly only the Afrcian American people that got hung because the white men didn't care for the black people. In the book it says “Mr. Granger sent word by me that he ain’t gonna stand for no hanging on his place. He say y’all touch one hair on that boy’s head while he on this land, he’s gonna hold every man here responsible." (Sheriff 444) When the sheriff said this he was basically saying that they can hang TJ on Mr. Granger's land, but if they didn't anywhere else then he won't stop them.


Created with images by Patrick Feller - "Humble Negro Cemetery, Humble, Texas 0508101241BW" • Kheel Center, Cornell University Library - "People picket against the Woolworth Company's practice of segregation, April 20, 1963." • simpleinsomnia - "Group of European school boys" • Tony Fischer Photography - "The Causes of The Great Depression / FDR Memorial Site" • paulsimpson1976 - "The Great Depression" • Robb North - "Dust" • Phillip Pessar - "Downtown MIami Flagler Street And Miami Ave 1929" • Image Editor - "18whiteOnlySignOnRestaurantAug1938" • Patrick Feller - "College Memorial Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas 0101111343BW" • buckle1535 - "Great Depression" • ArtsyBee - "african-american slavery man"

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