Roll of Thunder Portfolio By: Makenna vandyck

They would call African Americans colored and Americans white. Also, they weren't aloud to shake hands with each other or else the colored people will be hung or punished. They had different bathrooms and water fountains and colored people would also be punished for using the wrong one.

When ever colored people went on the bus they would have to go in the back of it. Also if they did sit in a spot where someone white wanted to sit the colored person would have to change seats.

The Great Deppresion

In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry it takes place during the Great Deppresion. The Great Depression happened shortly after the stock markets fell. The stock markets that fell began to get worse over the next 3 years and with all of this happening the more people became homeless.

Abolishment of Slavery

Abraham Lincoln wanted an act of justice. He said that the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self defense. Abraham Lincoln also said that all slaves should be freed within any state of rebellion. This happened in the first day of January in 1863.


Lynching is a mob of people trying to kill someone. Usually people would try to do it by hanging people and they would do it without a legal trial. I think this relates to Roll of Thunder because the white people tried to lynch T.J. It says in the book “These folks gettin’ so bad in here. Heard tell they lynched a boy a few days ago at Crosston.” said T.J.'s father.

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