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Jim Crow Laws

Jim Crow laws

Jim Crow laws were from the 1880's to 1964. Jim Crow laws popular laws in the Southern states. Jim Crow laws legalized segregation between whites and black. One popular law was that black pope, had to sit in the back of the bus. The black person had to move a sign and move when a white person entered the bus. One important person from this time is Rosa Parks. Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus.

In the Jim Crow laws white people always had the nicest classroom. While the black people would always have small classrooms with really old desk or no desk. The white kids would have book and be warm classrooms year round. In black schools the kids would have no books and freezing classrooms during the winter. Blacks and whites could not go to school together.

GrEat Depression

The Great Depression was the worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world. It began in October 1929 when the stock market crashed. It finally ended in 1939 when World War II ended. The stockmarket crash wiped out millions of investors. Millions of people lost their jobs and nearly half's the country banks failed. This effected the characters in the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by effecting the Logan's by having Papa going to work on the railroad for most of the year. A lot of families had to share crop to make money to provide for them. Obviously, The Great Depression was a big effect on our country and the Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

ABoLishment of Slavery

The end of slavery was a huge deal for African-Americans. The end of slavery meant freedom for them. They didn't have to get seperated from their families, beaten, and many other awful things. The African-Americans clebebrated the end of slavery in public and privately. Although slavery ended African-Americans had trouble getting jobs because their lack of education. Several died from starvation because they couldn't make money to buy food. "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense."- Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. This quote states that no white male can do violence to any African-American. “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-and people like Mr. Simms hold on to that belief harder than some other folks because they have little else to hold on to.” (Taylor 213) That quote says that people kept the same thoughts from times of slavery to the Civil Rights Movement. "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 was a punishment African-Americans paid during the Civil Rights movement. Lynching usually occuerd when a black person broke a Jim Crow Law. Lynching is killing without a trial in the South. "These folks gettin’ so bad in here. Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston.” (Taylor 78). This quote from th book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry shows that people get lynched in the South.


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