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Topics: Family, Automobile, Mother, Copyright / Pages: 28 (5697 words) / Published: Mar 1st, 2015
The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor

BACKGROUND
The novella The Gold Cadillac takes place around 1950.
African Americans, especially those living in the South during this time, continued to be treated unfairly. Experiences like the one the family in the story has when entering Mississippi outraged blacks and many whites. During the Civil Rights Era of the mid-1950s and 1960s, many people demanded changes in the laws across the nation.

My sister and I were playing out on the front lawn when the gold
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Cadillac rolled up and my father stepped from behind the wheel.

READING FOCUS

We ran to him, our eyes filled with wonder. “Daddy, whose

How do you predict ‘lois,
Wilma, and their mother will feel about the new Cadillac?

Cadillac?” I asked.
And Wilma demanded, “Where’s our Mercury?”
My father grinned. “Go get your mother and I’ll tell you all
“Is it ours?” I cried. “Daddy, is it ours?”
“Get your mother!” he laughed. “And tell her to hurry!”
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Wilma and I ran off to obey, as Mr. Pondexter next door came from his house to see what this new Cadillac was all about.
We threw open the front door, ran through the downstairs front parlor and straight through the house to the kitchen, where my mother was cooking and one of my aunts was helping her. “Come on, Mother-Dear!” we cried together. “Daddy say come on out and see this new car!” A
“What?” said my mother, her face showing her surprise.
“What’re you talking about?”
“A Cadillac!” I cried.

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“He said hurry up!” relayed Wilma.
From The Gold Cadillac by Mildred D. Taylor. Copyright © 1987 by Mildred D. Taylor. Reproduced by permission of Dial Books for Young Readers, a Division of Penguin Books for Young
Readers, a Division of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., 345 Hudson Street, New York, NY 10014, www.penguin.com. The Gold Cadillac

Copyright © by Holt, Rinehart and Winston. All rights reserved.

about it.”

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