Roll of Thunder Portfolio Emma mikolajczak, period 4

Jim Crow Laws


Jim Crow laws were laws that separated most things from whites and colored people. Public places were a major part of the diverse society. Black people could not frequent parks maintained by the city for white people. It was also illegal for a white person to go to any park that was maintained by the city for colored people.


Usually restaurants had an entrance for colored people and one for white people. White and Colored people could not eat in the same room, and if the restaurant only had one room. There would have to be a seven foot wall or higher (from the floor up) in between them. When serving beer or wine, waiters would be assigned to only serve White or colored people they could not wait on both simultaneously.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was when the stock market had crashed, it was the worst ecomnic Depression in US history. It started right after World War 1. Many people call it the roaring twenties. President Franklin D. Rosovelt started the New Deal, which was an economic recovery plan. During the Great Depression blacks were still under the Jim Crow Laws, so they had an even harder time getting food or shelter than any white man did. The Great Depression also affected the characters in our book, their father is always away trying to make money by laying down rail road tracks so that hey can pay off the land that they live on. It is important for them too pay off the land because it is hard for black people to get that much land.

There is a picture of a woman with her children, a line of people waiting for milk, some men holding chicken and a family ready to work on the dust bowl.

Abolishment of Slavery

On the first day of January in 1863 all salves were freed by Abraham Lincoln. This proclamation made sure that African American would be able to get jobs just like everyone else and be paid reasonless wages, that there would be no more civil war (that there would be no more violence other than self-defense) and that everyone will be received in to the armed services of the United States. Some of the states that were is rebellion were Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.

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 is when a some one is killed with out a trail. For example in the book TJ was going to get lynched for something that he didn't do. The white men didn't listen to him when he told them he didn't do it. In the book it says “These folks gettin’ so bad in here. Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston.” (Taylor pg. 80).


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