Roll of Thunder Portfolio By natalie mccaskill period six

Jim Crow Laws


One of the Jim Crow laws was that blacks had to sit in the back of the bus when white people came on. People thought that if blacks were in the front the same time whites were in the front it would show equality. "Buses: All passenger stations in this state operated by any motor transportation company shall have separate waiting rooms or space and separate ticket windows for the white and colored races." Credit: This was a law by the state of Alabama.


Colored people had to have separate bathrooms as white people. One reason was because white people thought that they were better than black people. Whites thought it was incredibly disrespectful for colored people to use the same restroom as they did. This law applied to many states.

Great Depression.

The Great Depression was a period of poverty. Americas markets crashed and many people were left hungry. People were very racist and liked to Lyche African Americans, they especially liked to hang them from trees. Mothers and fathers struggled to feed their children and many people became what is known as "hobos". And it was even worse for African Americans. People discriminated against them and were highly unfair. Everyone was struggling in the economy.

The first photo shows a mother struggling to feed herself and her own kids. The second photo shows something similiar, a homeless woman begging for food with her starving child. Hobos like the one in the third photo traveled by train to get places in search for jobs and money. The fourth picture shows food from the 1930's like ham, bacon, and waffles. Food was scarce then. Keep in mind that it was way worse for African Americans who were treated unequally. The last picture is or a man who was in the Abolishment of Slavery

The abolishment of slavery was a really big deal for African Americans because it meant that they were free! Even though they still weren't treated equally, they were allowed to have the right too own houses, go to school, and have a job. It changed their lives forever because it meant that they didn't have to work in bad enviorments and they had more of a say. The Emancition Procalamation states that "And I hereby declare the people so declared free to abstain from all violence, unless in nessecary self defense; and I reccomend to them that, in all cases allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages." This means that basically, in other words, African Americans were to be free from slavery and also that they should avoid fighting along with being faithful with the job that they will most likely get because even while he allows it, other people don't understand. "“Africa preached that black people weren’t really people like white people were, so slavery was all right." (Taylor 216). This states that in slavery, African Americans weren't treated like human beings, they were treated like animals.

This shows what slaves BIG houses may have looked like.

A"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 was form of punishment used a long time ago for colored people. Lynching is a punishment without a fair trial, and you would get hung from a tree with a noose around your neck. Only colored people got lynched because of the Jim Crow Laws. In Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry, Papa, Mr. Morrison, Stacey, and TJ almost get hung. "Mr. Granger sent word by me that he ain't gonna stand for no hanging on his place." (Taylor 413). This was said by Mr. Jamison as he tried to persuade everyone not to hang TJ.



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