The Great Depression
In October 1929 the stock market crashed and started the worst economic depression that the U.S.A ever had. Overproduction, foreign competition, and new fabrics that replaced cotton were all factors of the. Stock Market crash. In the 1920s everyone started investing in the stock market hoping for money back so when the stock market crashed a lot of people lost a lot of money. Many African Americans were driven off there farms because of declining prices and jobs in the towns. This relates to Roll of Thunder because the Logans own a farm and they might get driven off.
Abolishment of Slavery
The abolishment of slavery meant a lot to the African Americans. It meant that they could be free and that they were considered people. It meant that they could work and "labor faithfully for reasonable wages" (Emancipation Proclamation). In Roll of Thunder it says “But even teaching us Christianity didn’t make us stop wanting to be free (Taylor 258). That shows that they wanted to be free while they were slaves. When that happened they were very happy that they were finally free.