Jim Crow Laws prohibited black and white children from going to the same school. According to the national park service "Separate schools shall be maintained for the children of the white and colored races". Black schools had many disadvantages to white schools. Black schools looked old, were crammed, and were very dirty. On the other hand white schools were big and modern.
Jim Crow Laws also prohibited white and colored people to eat together. For example, "All persons licensed to conduct a restaurant, shall serve either white people exclusively or colored people exclusively and shall not sell to the two races within the same room or serve the two races anywhere under the same license" (National Park Service Jim Crow Laws). This means black and white people never ate together. White people had to be served seperately.
The Great Depression was a time period in which the stock market crashed and people had a very hard time finding jobs, money, and food. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor takes place during the Great depression. People were forced to travel far to look for work. In the book, Cassie's dad (Papa) works in Louisiana on the railroad so that the family can keep their land. There was also a drought and dust storms called the Dust Bowl. Cassie and Little Man also got used and dirty books that they had to learn from. Another way that the Logans were affected is that they did not get a bus to take them to and from school.