As stated in the Jim Crow laws in Florida, when it came to education in the Jim Crow times, "The schools for white children and the schools for negro children shall be conducted separately". Because of this law (which was in more areas than just Florida) for those of African descent during the Jim Crow times, a separate school from white children was provided. It was also unlawful for a colored person to attend a white school as it was for a white person to attend a colored school.
In Florida during Jim Crow, a law stated "All marriages between a white person and a negro, or between a white person and a person of negro descent to the fourth generation inclusive, are hereby forever prohibited". This law was not just in Florida but in other states and it forbade the marriage of a white person and a colored person. Marriages that were against this law were titled void and even marriages between a white and a person having one-eighth part or more of African American blood were void. Illegal marriages also included marriages between white people and mulattos, Mongolians, or Malaya's.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression can be traced to the stock market crash of Tuesday, October 29, 1929 or "Black Tuesday". The Great Depression affected the South and the state of Georgia the most and during the 1920's many people invested in the stock market hoping for high returns but problems in the economy led to the sudden decrease in stock values. The stock market crash immediately effected people by ruining their investments but also led to a banking crisis where nearly half of the banks in the country failed and money was lost. During the Great Depression, around 13 to 15 million Americans were unemployed and the country's industrial production dropped. There was also a drought during the Great Depression and the dust bowl was the title given to the Great Plains region of America which was devastated by the drought. Dust storms and winds also hurt the soil in agricultural areas. In Roll of Thunder, the Great Depression made it hard for Cassie's dad to find a job and all of the kids at Cassie's school have dirty, worn clothes because of low amounts of money. Also because of the Great Depression, in Roll of Thunder, the school has really old and worn books.