THE GREAT DEPRESSION
The book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, takes place during the Great Depression in the Southern states of North America. At the time, Jim Crow Laws brought hardship to Black Families, such as the Logans, but other concerns began to pile up as well. During the Great Depression, past boom in economy from the 1920's led to financial hardship for families all across the world. Many people lost their homes and money when banks closed, and were left to live in shacks made out of scraps from the streets, called Hoovervilles. Jobs were scarce, and many had to leave their families to find work elsewhere, such as what papa did in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Many African American children at Cassie, Little Man, Christopher John, and Stacey's school wore tattered and faded clothes because they could not afford new ones, especially with segregation laws around. Owing land meant power for the Logans, especially at a time when their their rights were stripped away, and many white people could not afford it either. The Logans were proud of their land, and wouldn't give it up for the world. As if all the economic worries were not enough, vast amounts of dirt began to rain over the Southern parts of the United States. This was known as the Dust Bowl, according to a news reporter at the time. Due to over plowing, farming, and settling, the soil was able to be pushed around by heavy winds, and carried through both the air, and the smallest nooks and crannies of homes. Farmers could no longer work on their fields because of the dust storms, and profit from farming was even scarce in the most economically desolate areas. The dust angered Cassie and her brothers in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry when they had to walk to school and dealt with it staining their shoes and even clothes when it was splashed in puddles by the rain. Little Man, who loved to be clean, was the most annoyed, and even though it didn't blow often, just sitting on the ground would ruin their clothes.