Context of Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry : Pre-Civil Rights American South. English 305 Dr. Roggenkamp. Pre-Civil Rights South. Racial segregation “Jim Crow”—a pernicious, negative stereotype used to describe a system of government-sanctioned racial oppression and segregation in the U.S.
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Nine black youths falsely charged with raping two white women in Alabama
No evidence, but all-white jury convicts all nine
All but youngest (age 12) sentenced to death
Last pardon not granted until 1976
“This case, more than any other event in the South during the 1930s, revealed the barbarous treatment of blacks” by whites.Historical Timeline: Legalizing Segregation