Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

1497 WordsJul 15, 20186 Pages
Segregation was a way of life for almost all southerners from the period between the end of Reconstruction (1876) to the passage of the Civil Rights Act (1964). This covers the period known as The Great Depression (1929-1939). During this period banks lost billions of dollars and everyone was affected, even the wealthiest people. However, the effects of The Great Depression were felt the greatest for the poor. These people did not have any money, nor did they have a job to make money. There are stories of people standing out in long lines just to receive a little bit of food or perhaps have the opportunity to apply for a job that they would most likely not receive. The south's main industry was farming, and it was this industry that…show more content…
Segregation was seen in the fact that Cassie and her brothers had to attend one school while the white kids got to attend another school. Segregation was seen in the fact that Cassie and her brother had to walk an hour to get to school while the white kids got to ride on buses. Discrimination was evident when the school got books to study with, for the first time. Upon getting the book Cassie's brother, Little Man, discovers that his book is old and has disparaging remarks in it. After Little Man throws his book down and prepares to get a whipping, Cassie discovers the cause of his discontentment and comes to his rescue by saying: “See, Miz Crocker, see what it says. They give us these ole books when they didn't want 'em no more” (Taylor 26). Upon looking at the book and seeing the disparaging remarks Cassie's teacher simply responded, “That's what you are,” (Taylor 26). That simple remark showed the attitudes of many blacks regarding the issue of segregation and discrimination. They had become used to it and it simply became a way of life. What is noteworthy about the book is the journey that Cassie Logan goes through in order to gain understanding about the way life was in the segregated South during The Great Depression. Although she is immersed in the racism, she was also unaware of it. For example, Cassie is aware that the bus driver “liked to entertain his passengers by sending us slipping along the road to the almost inaccessible
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