A Jim Crow Law involved black and white people in restaurant. According to the website National Park Service it said that the white people had to be served in a room where the black people weren't, so black people were in a separate room in restaurants. It also said that they could be separated by being on different floors, but it has to be 7 feet higher. If they were to eat together the white people would be served first.
Another law included white people and African Americans people getting on, and on buses. In Alabama, the whites and African Americans had to had to have different waiting rooms while waiting for the bus. On the website National Park Service is stated that the African Americans had to have a separate ticket booth than the whites. The blacks also had to sit in the back of the buses.
The Great Depression
Right after World War 1 it was like a new era in America was happening. The worst economic downturn in the history of the industrialized world was known as the Great Depression and it lasted from 1929-1939. In October of 1929, the Stock Market crashed and investors were selling overpriced shares. Many people began to lose their jobs and couldn't find work to do. The United States was also in a severe drought and had many dust storms known as the Dust Bowl. The next three years became worse, but after the Great Depression, World War II began. The Great Depression affected the characters in "Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry" because Papa needed jobs to make money so he could keep the land, but the Great Depression made it hard for him to find jobs. Also since they were in a severe drought with dry farmland, it was a little harder to sell crops.