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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Setting Guide

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Setting:  1933 Mississippi


U.S. undergoing The Great Depression

Segregation of Whites and Minorities/ Jim Crow Laws

The South was still mainly rural.

Many black families were sharecroppers.

Racial prejudice and hatred / “Nightriders” or “Ku Klux Klan”


The Great Depressions

Deepest economic depression the nation had ever known.

It lasted until 1939.

Effects:  business bankruptcies, bank closings, farm foreclosures, and massive unemployment.