Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry Portfolio Kate Labroad period 2

Jim Crow Laws

One of the Jim Crow laws was that a white and black were not allowed to marry. A dark skinned descendant within four generations ad a white marriage is considered "null". This means it is illegal and not respected. In the article Jim Crow Laws, it states that "All marriages between a white and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the fourth generation inclusive, are hereby prohibited."

A person who is lincensed to sell beer or wine must only sell to whites or blacks. They also cannot sell to both whites and blacks in the same room. In the article Jim Crow Laws, it states that "Wine and Beer: All persons licensed to conduct the business of selling beer or wine...shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room at any time."

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a major drop in the stock market. Thousands of people who depended on the stock market lost their job and therefore began moving west toward the center of the country to farm or find other jobs, such as working on the railroad. Papa, from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, works on the railroad to pay for their land. Mama also works as a teacher. Most people grow cotton, like the Logan's from Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, but the price of cotton decreased. It also became harder to grow cotton due to a drought that spread throughout most of the center of the country. That part of the country became known as the dust bowl.

All of these photos represent what occured in the Great Depression. The arrest photo is of a mother and her children suffering of starvation. Another shows just how many people depended in the stock market.

Abolishment of Slavery

The end of slavery for most African Americans only partly improved things for them. Most people still treated them as less, or as Mama said to Cassie after her trip to Strawberry, "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," (Page 150 from chapter 6 by Mildred D. Taylor). But president Abraham Lincoln believed that the African Americans could have the same rights as whites. Quoting him from Emancipation Proclamation, he says, "And I hereby call upon the people declared 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." Even though Abraham Lincoln believed that all of these laws that were equal could be possible, it didn't change the way they were treated.


Lynching is the act of punishment without proper trial. This meant that people where hung without going to court. Or being burned without a chance to prove their innocence. This act was used often on African Americans after their freedom was given to them. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, it states that several negro characters were threatened to be burned or hung, and often had that happen to them. Mr. Berry was burned but managed to survive. In the book it says' "They poured kerosene over Mr. Berry and his nephews and lit them afire. One of the nephews died, the other one is just like Mr. Berry,".


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