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.