Certain places colored people could go
During this period of time blacks could only go to certain places such as theaters restraunts restraunts and schools for their children. As well as if they could own a car they would have to let whites pass them and let them go first at intersections
"It was like a call to arms—you just couldn't let go. You weren't watching people ride, you were riding with them and you weren't riding with them to rescue somebody but you were riding on a stern determination for vengeance."
It was hard for colored people to vote
It was also tough to change these rules because colored people could not vote for someone that was going to change these rules. It was hard for them to the polling station because they did not have cars and cops prevented them from getting to the polling station. Even if they got to the polling station they would have to take a test and officials could make the test really easy or really hard depending on who was taking the test
The Great Depression
The great deppression was a rough time for many reasons. First there was the blacks and whites still being seperate from eachother. This effects people in the book because they are not treated the same. But it was also hard for white people aswell. They did not have the necessary resources to live in a good way. There was overcrowded schools people had to walk far and people that had it good didnt realize what it was like to be treated badly.
The slaves being freed is a big part of our history as a country. During slavery mostly if not all slaves where black. I think that slaves being freed showed people that whites and colored people where the same and skin color didnt mean anything except it showed where you are from. The slaves being freed led the way to people being treated equally.
"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." ABraham lincoln
"But they didn’t teach us Christianity to save our souls, but to teach us obedience. They were afraid of slave revolts and they wanted us to learn the Bible’s teachings about slaves being loyal to their masters. But even teaching us Christianity didn’t make us stop wanting to be free, and many slaves ran away—" (taylor 192)
"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 the act of punishment without a fair trial for what someone has done. Lynching applies through out the entire book of roll of thunder. At the beginning it it has to do with the Barry's house being burned by the night men. Then mama getting fired from her job and papa being shot at and attacked by the wallaces for shopping at Vicksburg. Then the biggest example in this book is when the night men go to TJ's house and drag him and his family out and hurting them.
"What happened to T.J. in the night I did not understand, but I knew that it would not pass. And I cried for those thing which had happened in the night and would not pass." (Taylor 394)