ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRYBook
With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart.
Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year--the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black--to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess soemthing no one can take away.
"[Taylor] writes not with rancor or bitterness of indignities, but with pride, strength, and respect for humanity."-- The New York Times Book Review
"The vivid story of a black family whose warm ties to each other and their land give them strength to defy rural Southern racism during the Depression . . . Entirely through its own internal development, the novel shows the rich inner rewards of black pride, love, and independence despite the certainty of outer defeat."-- Booklist, starred review
* Newbery Medal winner
* A National Book Award Nominee
* American Book Award Honor Book
* An ALA Notable Book
* A NCSS-CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
* A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book
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Roll of thunder,Hear my cry by Mildred D. Taylor is about ones family struggle in Mississippi. back in a time where it was ran by racism and social injustice, they struggle to keep their integrity and pride.Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.
This story is told from the perspective on the 9 year old Cassie Logan, one of the main characters in the book. The book takes place in Mississippi right after the reconstruction period. This book shows a strong family and how even through the rough times they fight for each other and their land.
The Logan family will never lose their land even though they are treated with extreme cruelty and have to persevere through very tough times. Cassie and her brothers are constantly harassed and made fun of by people who can only see the color of their skin. The plot line begins to thicken when they dig a ditch in a red, dirt road, causing a bus to break down. From there, Cassie, the naive main character, takes a trip to the nearby town and her eyes are opened to reality. She is treated openly with contempt and disrespect. Elsewhere, there are severe problems of racial injustice. The Wallace's, a local white family, burn and kill an African-American man. The Logan family calls for neighbors and sharecroppers to boycott the Wallace store and shop elsewhere. Stacey, fights his friend T.J. because he is sick of his cheating ways. Mama has told her children not to visit the Wallace store and is extremely upset. Part of the boycott is also to prevent African-American children from going to the Wallace store where they are taken advantage of and taught bad habits. Many families have no place else to shop so they are put in a hard position. The Logan's run a supply train back and forth from Vicksburg in an effort to help the families obtain goods. Mr. Jamison, a sympathetic white lawyer, backs their credit.
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