Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryBook - 2001
From Library Staff
This is the book for the February 17th meeting of the Burien Children's Book Club.
A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.
Nine-year-old Cassie and her family experience racism and social injustice when their community is terrorized by angry night riders. Ages 9-12
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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.
To know what happens next, read the book!
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