Abolishment of Slaverly
For African Americans in the South, life after slavery was a world transformed. This meant that they wouldn't have to worry about whippings, assault, selling and relocation of family members, wages, denial of education, legal marriage,homeownership and much more. In Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation it states "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." This meant everything to African Americans they didn't have to worry. In Roll of thunder it states "“Well, maybe she couldn’t help it, Cassie. Maybe she had to do it.” This is after the scene when Big Ma tells Cassie to apologize even though it wasn't Cassie's fault.
"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 kill someone, especially by hanging. They lych rather an alleged offense with or without a legal trial. For example in Roll of thunder it shows when TJ tells a story about how people got lynched. A direct quote is “These folks gettin’ so bad in here. Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston.”