The Southern United States in the 1930's to the 1960'sBy: Caleb Kline
The Great Depression was a difficult time for almost any family in the 1930's. This tragic event was when most families lost most of their money they had invested in the stock market when it crashed on October 29, 1929. This would have been a significant impact on anyone growing up in the 1930's because in total the stock market lost over $14 billion that day. It would have been difficult to afford anything if your parents lost it all and had basically no money. This would mean that you could barely afford food and clothes, which would have made it hard on anybody especially kids.
Another issue that affected everyone in the 1930's until 1965 were the Jim Crow Laws. These were laws that mandated the separation of black and white people in public facilities including bathrooms, schools, restaurants, etc. This would have been extremely tough for anybody whether they were black, white, or any other race in America. In addition, this law made it so that if you had a friend of a different race, you would not be able to go almost any public place without either doing it illegally or getting judged.
Nearly 100 years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed, black people still did not have the same rights as white people in America. This meant that something had to be done to get black people and white people the same rights as each other. This was shown in the form of a movement called the Civil Rights Movement, which was started by Rosa Parks when she refused to move to the back of the bus, which was customary if a white person wanted that seat. The Civil Rights Movement lasted until 1968. This would make growing up then difficult for anybody.
The Murder of Emmett Till happened on August 28, 1955 when two men almost beat him to death, gouged his eyes out, shot him in the head, and threw his body in the Tallahatchie River. This all happened because he went into a store in Mississippi when his family was visiting and flirted with the store owner's wife and the store owner found out and got angry. This would have made it hard for anyone, black or white living back then. Also, this would mean that for doing something very innocent as a 14 year old could get killed.