Roll of Thunder portfolio By- isaBella ochoa p.2❤️

No love allowed. Jim Crow did not allow the African Americans to show love and affection because it offended the whites. This meant that a couple could not hold hands in public, hug in public, and what offended the whites the most was the African American couple kissing.
African Americans could not vote unless they passes a extremely hard test. Even if they passed the test they had to pay a fine. It was also hard because if you payed and if you passed you have to go through white cops trying to hold you down and beat you because you are on the wrong side of town. If a African passed all the cops the voting booth has security and if they see a African they would lynch them.

The Great DEprression

The Great Depression was a time where African Americans didn't have as many rights. This was a hard time for people because they were not allowed to out many different things. The Great Depression was a time where blacks got hung and were slaves to whites. This affected the family in the Roll of Thunder because they had to walk up to school everyday and every time the school bus came along the bus driver would splash them and call them the ''N'' word. When the kids got the books it said the ''N'' word again. This is saying that whites are better than blacks and they can write what ever they want and their teacher who was white was getting mad because little man wouldn't take the book because what it said and the white teacher said ''that's what you are''. Whites think that it's okay to kill blacks or to tell them what to do and what not to do or even tell them we're better than you so we get a bus to school or we get to use this drinking fountain not you. This Great Depression happened when the stock markets and banks crashed it was a hard road to recover so whites had to use slaves to get the work done.

Abolishment of slavery

On the fist day of January President Abraham Lincoln set all slaves be forever free who were in any state rebellion. In Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry Big Ma said that they were making money bring people from Africa to make slaves because they were not as good as the white folks so it was alright. Big Ma also said that “They also said that slavery was good for us because it taught us to be good Christians—like the white people'' (Taylor #154).

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 hang some one because they either did something wrong or broke a law back then. Lynching relates to Roll of Thunder hear my cry because back then if a African American broke a rule or did something bad they would be hung by a tree. A example is when T.J got blamed for killing Mr.Barrenett he was about to get lynched but he couldn't do it on T.J's land. When Papa said "but,fool or not, I can't just stand by and let them kill the boy (Taylor #185


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