In this informational text, Jessica McBirney discusses a landmark Supreme Court case known as Plessy v. Ferguson. The case challenged racial segregation in public areas in the late 19th century. I chose this text because this court case led to the beginnings of the Jim Crow laws. This text also gives a nice overview of the history of civil rights in America. The main part of this article that shows up in Roll of Thunder is the school segregation between whites and blacks.
This Newsela article gives an overview of the history of different types of civil rights and discrimination in America, not just racial discrimination. I think it's important to understand what civil rights are so we can recognize when people's civil rights are being violated and then work towards finding solutions. Jim Crow laws are an example of civil rights discrimination. This is important to the story in Roll of Thunder because it sets the stage as to why the black people are treated differently than the white people in the book.
This slideshow presentation explains many Jim Crow laws and then uses pictures or videos to show those laws in action. It's hard to believe that white people treated black people like second-class seconds or worse. These images show many examples of different Jim Crow laws from various states. I like how the author added the music and lyrics for the song "Walk a Mile in my Shoes". That was very powerful because walking a mile in someone's shoes is what should be done to get to know other people. Instead, these laws show white people walking past black people not even recognizing them as people at all. That's what happens in Roll of Thunder.
This video gives the why's of Jim Crow laws. As Dr. Byrd states," Jim Crow laws were designed to isolate African-Americans and place them in an inferior position compared to white people". By using various Jim Crow signs, the viewer can get a sense of how the whites tried to make black people feel inferior. Some of the degrading ways whites treated blacks in Roll of Thunder include the white school having better resources available, black people had to address white people, even those younger thatn them, a courteous title like Miss or Mr., and right motorists had the right of way at all intersections.