Jim Crow Laws
Jim crow laws
The Jim Crow laws were laws that African-Americans had to follow. If they didn't follow these rules there could be many consequences.
One Jim crow law was that an African-American shook a white mans hand in public he/she would be lynched if caught.
There are many examples of this in Roll of Thunder, Hear my cry such as when the Berry's refused to to get gas somewhere else they got burned by white men.
An African-American had to first pass a test just to be able to vote. They then had to pay the fee to vote. If they did this they had to travel to a voting station with the chance of being arrested and thrown in jail. If they made it this far they could have been not allowed to vote by the voting director.
The great Depression
The great depression is taking place in Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry. It was a time when the stock market crashed and had a tremendous effect on every day life. If you were an African-American in the 1800s it was very hard to find a good job. If you were an African-American during the Great Depression it was even harder. Even white people lost jobs and had to sell their houses and farms. During this time their was also a drought. This drought made it hard to farm crops due to the lack of water. In Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry characters were effected because all of the students had to read out of old books and most students didn't even have shoes.