Roll of Thunder Portfolio Caitlynn Herbel period 4

Jim Crow Laws


Parks: It shall be unlawful for colored people to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the benefit use and enjoyment of white persons. Also unlawful for any white person to frequent any park owned or maintained by the city for the use and benefit of colored persons.


All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races.

The Great Depression

Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry takes place during the Great Depression. The beginning of the Great Depression can be traced to the stock market crash of Tuesday, October 29, 1929 (also known as "Black Tuesday"). The 1920s were a time of increased stock market speculation. Blacks were already condemned by Jim Crow before the Great Depression which made their situation worse. The income of rural blacks was about half that of whites. In addition to this, a severe drought was coming their way. The drought made it hard to farm and created dust storms, which was called the Dust Bowl. This made it harder for the Logans in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry because it was also harder to keep land at the time and their land is very important to the Logan family.

These show photos of woman struggling to feed her children and men who are struggling to find a job.

Abolishment of Slavery

On January 1st, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln gave the Emancipation Proclamation in the middle of the Civil War. He said that "...all persons held as slaves within any State in rebellion against the United States, shall be forever free". Then the union armies won the civil war, and African American people were considered free. Still, after that they still couldn't see them as equals to whites. Mama tells Cassie in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry that, "“Even the Northerners who fought the war didn’t really see us equal to white people (Taylor 129)."

"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 refers to when a someone is punished or killed without a trial. Lynching was a very common thing during the book Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. In the book there was a character named Mr. Berry who was burned by a group of white people without having done anything wrong. Also in the book, a boy named T.J is almost killed by a mob of people who want to kill him for stealing a pistol and hurting the Barnett's. During this time, a character named Mr. Jameison says, “Jim Lee Barnett and his wife are still alive. Y’all let the sheriff and me take the boy. Let the law decide whether or not he’s guilty(Taylor 255)."


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