Blacks were not allowed to vote.
If blacks wanted to vote they must take a literacy test. These tests were for keeping poor whites and black people from voting. If you pass the test you still don't get to vote. Now you must pay a poll tax. Back then most African Americans couldn't afford it, and wouldn't be able to take the test. If you can pay the poll tax next you would have to get transportation to where the voting booth would be. A rumor goes around close to election saying if any blacks are to be driving on Election Day they would get arrested and have to stay in jail until polls close. Lastly all blacks would have to get through teh county sheriff. He would have to be impressed with how far you've came and your impression. When most blacks got to this stage the county sheriff would point his revolver at you and tell you today isn't a good day for you to cast your ballot. If you tried to vote he would kill you.
Blacks were not allowed to eat with white people.
If blacks and whites were to eat together a partition or curtain was to be placed in between them. Also whites were to be served first. Lots of restaurants would only serve to white trade. This meant they only served to white people and blacks weren't allowed to enter. If a restaurant were to serve both whites and black, there would be two separate doors. One for the white people and one fro the black people.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression was an economic downturn in the United States during the 1920s and 1930s. The Great Depression started after the stock market crash in 1929. Millions of Ammericans were left unemployed. During the same time there happened to be a horrible drought in the country causing people to stop farming. When the drought happened America was under the name of "Dust Bowl" In Roll of Thunder, Hear Me Cry the Logans "man of the house" is gone, Big Ma's husband and the Logan kids father. He works on the rail roads in Mississippi to get money. He uses the money to keep their acres of land, the cotton field.