Colored people and white people could not shake hands because of many reasons. First, they could be accused of shaking hands so the consequences could be hung or lynched. They couldn't shake hands because of rights that the white people had over the colored people.
Many colored people couldn't vote because the consequences were very severe. They had to take a very hard test and even if they passed, there would be officers there to arrest them. The officers would arrest the colored peogple for being accused of cheating.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression years were in between the years from the 1920's to the 1930's. It was called this because of many reasons, such as many people losing their jobs, getting less money for their families. They also couldn't provide a home for their families either. As a result in people losing their jobs, the stock markets crashed causing the jobs of many people to fail. Many people had to just move on and try to find another job somewhere else. Later down the road, a drought began to start, effecting farming. This is bad because the farmers had to grow crops and without rain or water supplying it, it would soon fail. With all the people that lost their job because of the drought and the stock markets that crashed, this time became known as The Dust Bowl. In the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry book, it takes place in The Great Depression years. An example of The Great Depression in Roll of Thunder would be when Papa goes out to find a job to provide for his family and to keep his land.