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Jim Crow Laws


The Country Board of Education provided two different schools. One for white children and the other for colored children. The white schools looked much nicer and they had textbooks and desks for each student. At the colored schools, they all had to share one bench and the classrooms weren't big enough.


The server could only serve to either a white people exclusively or colored people exclusively. They were not allowed to sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races anywhere under the same license.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression took place during the 1930s. It was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It started after the stock market crash of October 1929. The stock prices fell 23 percent. It caused farmers to lose their farms. By 1933, unemployment has risen from 3 percent to 25 percent of the nation's workforce and nearly half he country's banks have failed. The Great Depression ended in 1939. The characters in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry were affected by the Great Depression because most of the characters were struggling to keep their land.

Abolishment of Slavery

President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863 stating, "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self defense". He also said, "all persons held as slaves within any State in rebellion gains the United States, shall be forever free." Although the slaves were free, some people did not think that they were equal. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mama says "So now, even though seventy years have passed since slavery, most white people still think of us as they did then-that we're not as good as they are..." (Taylor 184)


Lynching means to kill someone, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, the Wallaces burned Mr. Berry nearly to death. He was accused of being inappropriate with a white woman. Also, T.J. was going to be hung for stealing a pearl handled pistol. R.W. and Melvin hurt the Barnetts but blamed it on T.J. An entire mob showed up at T.J.'s house. The sheriff said "Mr. Granger sent word by me that he ain't gonna stand for no hanging on his place." (Taylor 347)

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