Roll of Thunder Portfolio Jayden Nguyen/English 7 Honors

White Only Restuarants

Some restaurants only served white people. If a black person entered the restaurant through the front, they could be put to death. There was a special entrance for the black people near the back where they ate. This meant that the black people had to sit at the back where the bathrooms were located.

Voting Restrictions

Many places where people voted outlawed black people to vote. If the black people wanted to vote, they had to pass a test. The tests were usually very hard and were timed. Even if they passed the test, the sheriff would sometimes not let them vote and shoot them on the spot. The sheriff chose if you could vote or not. Transportation was also hard to get if you were black. This was because the bus drivers didn't let black people onto his or her bus unless they paid more and sat in the very back.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression caused many problems. One of the problems was that there were less jobs for everyone. This meant that prices rose because there was less of the item. This was hard for black people because if they had a job, they were probably fired and were replaced by white people. Only some jobs needed extra help and if they did work it was on low pay. Another problem was that there were many people without jobs. Without a job, the men could not provide for their family or buy food. This meant that they could not pay rent. This lead to more people in the already crowded streets.

Abolishment of Slavery

In the year of 1863, slavery ended. This was a good time for some African Americans. For some, this meant that they could now be free and do what they wanted. For others, they still wanted to stay and work with the whites as they wanted reasonable pay as stated "they labor faithfully for reasonable wages."(Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation) African Americans still didn't have as many rights as white people. “There’s plenty of room, and we could sell more.” “Them’s white folks’ wagons” (Taylor 97).

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 to kill someone, especially by hanging, for an alleged offense with or without a legal trial. This applies to Roll of Thunder: Hear my Cry because lynchings happened to the black people who disobeyed the law. An example of this is when the "night men" wanted to lynch TJ for the "murder" of Mr. Barnett. As stated in Roll of Thunder: Hear my Cry, "“Y’all let the sheriff and me take the boy. Let the law decide whether or not he’s guilty.”, TJ does not even get a fair trial until Mr. Jamison stands up for him and they take TJ to jail for a free trial. This quote shows that someone had to stand up to black people so they could get a free trial.


Created with images by Mamyoung - "cotton field tn" • Image Editor - "18whiteOnlySignOnRestaurantAug1938" • Tony Fischer Photography - "The Causes of The Great Depression / FDR Memorial Site"

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