Roll of Thunder Portfolio JULIET GIROUX-ENGLISH 7H

Jim Crow Laws

Riding the bus

Jim Crow Laws prohibited "black" people to sit with white people. The law stated," ...separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races." Sperate ticket windows, waiting rooms, and space were made for "black" and white people. The Jim Crow laws stated...

All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races


Restaurants were another thing that colored people had a problem with. There were to different rooms for white and colored people. The laws during this time stated...

...serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races

The Great Depression

In the story Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the story takes place during the Great Depression. The Great Depression happened during the 1920's ad 30's as the stock market crashed. This caused one in four Americans to lose their jobs. Because the stock market crashed, work was difficult to find. People traveled across the country to look for work. To add to this situation, there was a severe drought occurring making it difficult to farm. The drought caused enormous dust storms in the country, which was an event that was known as the Dust Bowl. The characters from Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry are effected. The students from Great Faith Elementary, like Cassie and her brothers, are forced to read a from used books in their classes. Their papa spends part of the year working for the railroad in Louisiana to earn money so the Logans' can keep their family owned farm.

These pictures show people waiting in line for food, people eating food, looking for a job, and kids protesting.

Abolishment of Slavery

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation in the middle of the Civil War on January 1st, 1863. He stated, "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence." After this speech, the Union armies won the Civil War and African Americans were free men and women. However, their freedom came with many challenges. In Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry, Uncle Hammer tells the family,"“Me and John Henry and David grew up together. And John Henry and me even fought in their war together. What good was it? A black man’s life ain’t worth the life of a cowfly down here (Taylor 266).” This shows that even though black and white fought in the war, a black life was less important than a white man's life.

"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 punishing a person for a crime without giving them a fair trial. This was common in the USA during the time of the Jim Crow Laws, and extremely popular in the South. In Roll of Thunder, Here My Cry, lynching happened often. One of the characters, Mr. Berry, was falsely accused of being inappropriate to a white lady and burned in the beginning of the book. Towards the end of the story, T.J. Is almost killed by a mob of white men wanting to punish him for stealing a pistol and killing Mr. Barnett. Mr. Jamison, the lawyer, tries to protect T.J. while saying, "Y'all let the sheriff and me take the boy. Let the Law decide whether or not he's guilty (Taylor 474)."


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