Roll of Thunder Portfolio Brooke Perez- period 2

Jim Crow Laws

Shaking Hands

During the time of the Jim Crow laws, "colored" people were not allowed to shake hands with whites. If they were caught or even accused, then that means that they would be hung. "Colored" people did not have the rights to go to a trial by jury.

Voting Rights

Rarely were there any "colored" people that voted because they would be put in very tough situations. First of all, they would have to take a very tough test and even if they pass, there will be officers all over ready to arrest them until the voting was over. An estimate of 1 out of 50 "colored" people actually made it all the way through and voted.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression years were from the 1920's to the 1930's and it is called this because many people were losing their jobs and couldn't keep enough money to feed children, or have shelter. People were losing their jobs because the stock markets crashed, causing many people's jobs to fail. Many people had no choice other than to move on and try to find another job some where else. Later on, a drought began to affect other jobs such as farming. With people losing their jobs because of the drought and the stock markets crashing, people began to known this time as the Dust Bowl. In the book Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry it takes place in the years of The Great Depression. An example is when the dad goes out to find a job because there are no jobs near by that could help with enough money to keep the land.

Many people became very unhealthy and poor, and the farmers were struggling to pay the taxes for the crops that didn't grow. Also, food became very scarce which caused many people to starve.

Abolishment of Slavery

Abolishment of slavery was a huge difference for the people because now they are free and can do many more things than before. In Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, it says "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages." What he said shows that all people are free. Even though they were freed, they still weren't seen equally. In roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Uncle Hammer says on page 263, “If I’d’ve knocked his girl down, you know what’d’ve happened to me? Yeah, you know all right. Right now I’d be hanging from that oak over yonder. Let go of me, Mary." What he said shows that they still weren't seen equally, but they were not also free without the consequenses.

""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 someone is being punished for something they did, but they do not get a trial by jury or a say in anything. In Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, lynching is very common towards the black people. In the book, Mr. Tatum was tarred and feathered because he called white people liars. On page 125 of the book it says, “Mr. Tatum ordered writ down and when Mr. Tatum asked to see that list of his, Mr. Barnett says, ‘You callin’ me a liar, boy?’ And Mr. Tatum says, ‘Yessuh, I guess I is!’ That done it!” This is what made them mad and makes them want to lynch the black people because they can't refuse what the white person said.


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