While in train blacks were in the rear of the streetcars while others required them up front where they could be watched by the car's operator. It was prohibited for conductors to assist black women with bags or parcels. Some trains required blacks to be seated from the front to the rear. It was expected that blacks would give up their seats to white passengers during peak or crowded times.
Theatres separated the white race and the colored race so they could seat apart. In some cases, the colored people could only watch by using separate entrances in the back or through an alley. They sometimes even excluded blacks altogether.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression a period in US history that started in 1929 where the stock market crashed and huge amounts of money was lost. It was the beginning of the worst economic depression in U.S. history. The Great Depression hit the South, including Georgia. Problems in the economy including an increasing number of poor sharecroppers, led to the sudden decrease in stock values. Then there was a huge drought that had created big dust storms. This time was known as the dust bowl. In the story Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Cassie and her family are forced to work multiple jobs to be able to pay their morgage. Papa works at the railroad far away while Mama teaches at Cassies' school.