Roll of Thunder Portfolio Ani Martirosian Period: 2

Jim Crow Laws

BUs Rules

The African Americans were not allowed to sit in front of the bus. They would be punished if they had any contact with a white person or touch a woman. Unlike the Africans white people could sit in front of the car and shake hands with each or hug one another without being punished.

Voting Rules

African Americans did not have the ability to vote very easily. They had to go through exams and had to figure out how they were going to get to the place to vote. Unlike the African Americans, white people had the ability to vote without having to go through any trouble.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was an economic slump in North America, Europe, and other industrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world. The Great Depression affected the the characters in The Role of Thunder because it was hard for Mama and Papa to find jobs. it was even harder for them because they were African Americans and people did not treat them equally.

In the picture it shows that people would wait around for someone to give the a job so they can live out their lives. Another picture shows a lady selling children either to get money or to give the children a better life. The first picture shows the picture of a house during the Great Depression explaining the difficulties that the people faced.

Abolishment of Slavery

The 13th amendment, which formally abolished slavery in the United States, passed the Senate and the House. President Abraham Lincoln approved the Joint Resolution of Congress submitting the proposed amendment to the state legislatures. In 1863 President Lincoln had issued the Emancipation Proclamation declaring "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages." Unfortunately, the Emancipation Proclamation did not end slavery in the nation. Lincoln recognized that the Emancipation Proclamation would have to be followed by a constitutional amendment in order to guarantee the abolishment of slavery. In Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry the author states “I am blessed to come from a family of storytellers, people who repeatedly told the history of our family from the days of slavery into my own childhood years. I am also blessed that my family had photographs of so many of the people who were important to that history. Another blessing was that several generations of my family grew up in the same house, the house my great-grandparents built on their own land in Mississippi at the turn of the twentieth century. My father and his brothers and sisters grew up in that house and although as adults they all moved to the North, each year they took their children back to that house, back to the family, back to the land.” (Taylor 11)

Thirteen Amendments

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 means to kill someone without a fair trial. People who broke the Jim Crow laws, resisted the indignities, or for little or no reason, were lynched. An example from the book is when a black and white person meet up at the bridge the African American must pull back his car for the white person to pass.“But one day we’ll have to pay for it. Believe me,” she said, “one day we’ll pay."


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