segregation in schools
Jim Crow laws did not allow white and black people to go to school together. More black children attended school in the Jim Crow states, stayed longer in school, and earned higher scores on achievement tests. Yet they still lagged far behind white children, whose schools were bigger and better and whose teachers had more training. Schools which taught their students only those skills needed for agricultural work and domestic service, fit the needs of the white economy and society.
Interracial marriages were illegal under Jim Crow laws. It prohibited interracial marriages to keep the racial purity of the white race. The law was made to prevent racially mixed children. Mixed children threatened white dominance and would make it difficult to keep blacks and whites separate and distinct. They did not have civil rights.
The Great Depression
The Great Depression was a worldwide economic depression that took place during the 1930s. In the United States, the Great Depression began soon began after the stock market crash. The crash sent Wall Street into a panic and wiped out millions of investors. Over the next several years, there were declines in industrial outputs and many people became hobo's. This was because consumer spending and investment dropped. The Great Depression affected the characters in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry because in the book, it shows how the dad went from one job to another and had to go away for a while.