Roll of Thunder Portfolio Johannah yi - English 7

Jim Crow Laws

EATING

Blacks and whites were not supposed to eat food together. If they happen to eat together, the whites were always to be served first. They were to be separated while eating with a partition that would be placed between them.

SHAKING HANDS

A black male was not allowed to offer his hand to a white male because that implied social equality. A Black male was also not allowed to offer his hand or any part of his body to a white male. If he did, he would be accused of rape.

THE GREAT DEPRESSION

ROLLS OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY TOOK PLACE DURING THE GREAT DEPRESSION. THE GEAT DEPRESSION WAS A TIME PERIOD WHERE STOCK MARKET CRASHED AND FINDING A JOB WAS NEAR IMPOSSIBLE. ADDITIONAL TO THAT, A DROUGHT WAS OCCURING MAKING IT EXTREMLY DIFFICULT TO FARM AND CASUED ENOURMOUS DUST BOWLS. ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MT CRY HAD TO DO WITH THE GREAT DEPRESSION BECAUSE THE SCHOOL CASSIE AND HER BROTHERS GO TO GET HAND ME DOWN BOOKS FOR THE FIRST TIME WHEN IT WAS IN TERRIBLE CONDITION. ALSO, PAPA HAS TO WORK AT THE RAILROADS IN ORDER TO KEEP THE FARM AS THEIRS.

Abolishment Of Slavery

On January 1st, 1863, Abraham Lincoln said in his speech, "... all persons held as slaves within any state in rebellion against the United States, shall be forever free." The African American men and women believed that this meant that this is their sign for freedom and that they get their rights and they can believe what they believe. In Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry, Mama talks to Cassie in her room telling her, "... the Civil War was fought and Mama Rachel and Papa Luke and all the other slaves were freed, people continued to think that way. Even the Northerners who fought the war didn’t really see us equal to white people. " (Taylor 300) Even though African Americans were freed, they were still bellow the whites and were not viewed equally, maybe not even at some places today.

"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

Lynching is getting a punishment for something without a trial, mostly in the South. You may have done something small or not have done anything at all and be lynched. Lynching mostly occurred in the United States during the Jim Crow Law. In the novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, a man named Mr. Berry was lynched for being accused of the inappropriateness towards a white woman. Even though Mr. Berry didn't actually do anything inappropriate to a white woman, he got accused and lynched. Towards the end of the story, TJ got beaten by a mob of white men and nearly died. his entire family was beaten and TJ went with the sheriff and Mr. Granger to jail. It says in the story, "“He could possibly go on the chain gang” (Taylor 561)

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