To stop the Jim Crow laws from continuing, there had to be enough votes. The only problem was that they made it very hard for colored men and women to do so, since they didn't want everyone to have equal rights. They gave white citizens easy tests to vote, but the colored people much more difficult ones, which were almost impossible. If they were able to pass the test, they had to pay and fee, which most colored citizens did not have the money to do so. After paying the fee, they would have to talk to the man in charge. The only problem with that was that he was usually located far away. So, since the colored citizens didn't usually have cars, it was very difficult for them to get there. The very few who were able to vote, usually died before the time to vote actually came.
With the Jim Crow laws, black and white schools were separated. The colored children were schooled in a very beat down shack, or small house, with no tables. There were only benches to sit on and many children were squished into the small classroom. As for the schooling, there were rarely any books for the students. As for the white children, they got huge, well- maintained schools that could hold many students per classroom. Inside each classroom, there were individual chairs and tables for each student. To get to school, the colored children usually had to walk to school , whereas the white children had a sort of bus to drive to and from school.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression occurred in the 1920's and it was a very rough time for the people. It began when the stock market crashed in 1929. The conditions were much harsher for the blacks because many were forced off of their lands. This was because of the declining prices and their lack of money. After the stock market crash, the largest drought recorded, in 1931, made it even harder to get water and grow crops. The Great Depression just kept on getting worse and worse, since there was no running water or electricity in a normal farm house. This affected many of the black people in Roll of Thunder because most of them got their money from growing crops and farming. So, when the drought hit, not only did they have trouble growing crops, but they got less money for those crops.