Roll of Thunder Portfolio Sheridan Koenig~ English 7 HONors

Jim Crow Laws


Most restaurants had sepearate entrances for white and colored people. One of the Jim Crow laws was that colored people couldn't dine with white people, without a barrier between them. "It shall be unlawful to conduct a restaurant or other place for the serving of food in the city, at which white and colored people are served in the same room..". They had to have a solid partition, at least seven feet, from the ground up.

Jim Crow Schools


Jim Crow made it illegal for white children to be taught in the same environment as African Americans. In some states they were allowed to be in the same building, but in most than had separate schools. White schools received more money than colored schools, and if the town doesn't have enough money to build two schools (black and white) they will just build a white school, and the blacks wouldn't have one. Also, in some states black children weren't allowed to use books that had the Declaration of Independence in it. The whites didn't want to fill their heads with ideas of equality.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a hard time in American History, when people couldn't find jobs and the stock market crashed. This took place in the 1920's. This was the beginning of the worst economic depression in U.S. history. The Great Depression hit the South, harder than most other regions of the country. Foreign competition, overproduction, and man-made fabrics, like rayon, led to low demand for cotton in Georgia, which led to cotton prices dropping and putting people out of their jobs. In "Roll of Thunder", the Logan family owns a plantation. This will effect there family greatly, especially because they are African American and treated unfairly.

1. Men waiting in line for food at a restaurant for the unemployed. 2. Kids receiving milk. 3. A women struggling to feed her children. 4. People working on a plantation 5. A man working the fields. 

Abolishment of Slavery

For African Americans, the abolishment of slavery meant freedom. The current president of that time, Abraham Lincoln wrote the Emancipation Proclamation, which states, and I quote, "All persons held as slaves within any State in rebellion against the United States, shall be forever free. . .". This meant that African Americans were free to work and have families, just like white people. They would no longer have to work against their will or taken from their families. In Roll of Thunder, Mrs. Logan explained to Cassie what it was like back then. “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" (Taylor 417).

"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


Back then the law favored white people. As unfair as this sounds, it really happened. Not only did they receive no simpathy from the law, but they also could be blamed for white peoples crime. Back then African Americans didn't even get the right to a trial! That is where lynching comes in. Lynching is a way of murder without a trial. For example, in "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" T.J was accused for murdering Mr. Barnett, even though R.W and Melvin did it.


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