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.