Roll of Thunder Portfolio Trevor goins - English 7

Jim Crow Laws

One of many Jim Crow laws was that blacks weren't allowed to do anything with whites. If the black person did something with the whites or even stare at them they would get a punishment. One of the punishments is getting hung or whipped. Acordding to the schools for white children and the schools for negro children shall be conducted separately.

Another Jim Crow law was that whites and blacks had to be separated. Every where you would go there would be a sign for colored people to go and white people to go. White people always had better things than colored like better schools or houses. According to, they said that The states and cities were allowed to punish people who went against these laws.

The Great Depression

In the Book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry takes action in The Great Depression. The Great Depression was a revolutionary slump in North America, Europe, and other inhdustrialized areas of the world that began in 1929 and lasted until about 1939. The Great Depression was between whites and others races like African Americans, Indians, Muslims etc. It was mostly about African Americans and how the whites were 100% better than Blacks. The Great Depression was mostly on Wall Street and blacks could get lynched for touching a white person.

These pictures are showing black men working at the railroad, black men waiting in line, and black people in court.

Abolishment of Slavery

After the end of slavery women had many rights. Lots of women wanted to be homeowners but still had to work a lot. In January 1st, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Emancipation Proclamation in the middle of the Civil War, saying that "And I hereby call upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense; and I recommend to them that, in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages." In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mama tells Cassie "…“Because he thinks Lillian Jean is better than you are, Cassie."(Taylor 94).

"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."


In the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry it involves lynching black people. Lynching is when a rope is tied to a tree branch and there is a noose on the bottom. They put the persons head in the noose and make them fall from the tree and they will die from that. In the book if a black person would shake a white persons hand that would show a sign of equality of White and Blacks in the book. In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Uncle Hammer says "“If I’d’ve knocked his girl down, you know what’d’ve happened to me? Yeah, you know all right. Right now I’d be hanging from that oak over yonder.” (Taylor 92).


Created with images by DonkeyHotey - "ALEC CROW - 21st Century Disenfranchisement" • young shanahan - "Commerating the Great Depression." • Thomas Shahan 3 - "White Collar, c. 1940 - Linocuts by Giacomo G. Patri" • dcandau - "lincoln memorial statue washington dc"

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