Roll of Thunder Portfolio Dhamar Hernandez period 4

Jim Crow laws


The whites had buses to use for transportation, while the colored people had to walk along the railroads.The colored people would still have to be aware of whites because when they walked if a white men saw them they would spray them with the dust from the railroad. The whites would sit in the buses pressing their faces against the windows laughing. Most of the time the colored people couldn't even make it to school staying clean.

White buses


During this time period colored people had to go to school in a damaged building. These buildings were small and the children had to enter through the rear door. White kids went to huge schools that were polished and they could go in through the front. Plus white kids got their own desks rather then share one table.

Colored school

The Great Depression

The book Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry takes place during the Great Depression. The Great Depression took place between the 1920's and the 1930's due to the stock market crashing. When the stock market crashed it resulted in many people becoming unemployed and it didn't help that work was hard to find. Many people had to travel very far to just be able to provide for their family, this is what papa does in Roll of Thunder. While the Great Depression was occurring their was also a severe drought, making it difficult to farm. The characters of Roll of Thunder are severely affected because Cassie and little man have to use worn out books in their classrooms. Papa is working as hard as he can on the railroads to be able to provide food and keep the land.

In this picture is Franklin Rosevelt, who ended the Great Depression.
These are men working on a railroad to provide for their families or keep their land.
This picture shows how it was hard to find a job during the Great Depression.
This picture shows how the drought made it hard to farm.
This is the line people had to wait in to get food.

Abolishment of slavery

On January 1st, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation in the middle of the Civil War, saying that "...all persons held as slaves within any State in rebellion against the United States, shall be forever free". After the Union armies won the Civil War, African-Americans finally were free woman and free men for the very first time. Some found it difficult to be seen as equals. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mama tells Cassie that “...even the Northerners who fought the war didn’t really see us equal to white people.” (Taylor 192).But for black Americans the end of slavery was just the beginning of our quest for democratic equality; another century would pass before the nation came fully to embrace that goal.

"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 put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority. Lynching applies to Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry when Mr.Berry gets lynched by the Wallace family when he is falsely accused of touching a white woman inappropriately. Later in the story, T.J is nearly lyched when he is punished for stealing a pearl handed pistol and hurting the member of the Barnett family.“Jim Lee Barnett and his wife are still alive. Y’all let the sheriff and me take the boy. Let the law decide whether or not he’s guilty.”(Taylor 572)

Bill holiday performing the song "Strange Fruit" :

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