Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Topics: Black people, White people, Race Pages: 8 (3159 words) Published: June 4, 2013
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
Written by: Mildred D. Taylor

Historical Terms

Slavery has existed even since before prehistory, before written record, and it plays a huge role in the biblical times and is mentioned many times in the Old Testament. How slavery continued for so long is that the South believed that if slavery would end their economy would fail because of the need for slaves to produce cotton and that freed slaves would take all of the jobs and unemployment would rise, also they said that passages in the Bible favored slavery. Slavery ruined families by selling members of the family away or family members getting killed by their masters. Cassie’s grandfather was so keen on having his family have their own land because he wanted them to be free of slavery. He knew how bad slavery was and he never wanted his family to experience it.

Education in the South in the 1930s:
African American communities funded their own schools through churches or storefronts to help pay for supplies when needed. White schools had everything better: better supplies, better books, and better teachers. Black schools had everything used: used supplies, used books, and used everything. Most African American students did not receive a full education because they had to stop going to school and help their families. Cassie and her brothers go to school in the Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School where this year the county has “donated” books to them. When Little Man got his book he said it was dirty because it had been used so many times before him. Also when he opened it up and saw the word “Ingra” in it he threw a gasket and stomped on the book.

Constitutional Guarantees of Freedom:
White men could only use the Constitution and the Bill of Rights because black people were considered “property” and property did not have rights. If a black man or women was to run away and be caught, they would be brought back to their owners and the owner could punish them however they wanted. Yet a white man could go anywhere he pleases and no one could do anything about it, except the police. White men had all the Bill of Rights guaranteed to them while blacks did not. Even though slavery was gone, segregation was still there and whites did not treat blacks equally.

When the Berry’s are burned no white man goes to help, only blacks. Even when T.J. gets in trouble for the robbery/murder, the 2 whites boys who were involved do not get in trouble.


The book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry written by Mildred D. Taylor takes place in Mississippi at the peak of the Great Depression during 1933 and 1934. Cassie, the main character, is around the age of 12 and lives on her family’s farm with her 3 brothers, Stacey, Christopher-John, and Little Man, and Her mom, Mama. The Logan farm was bought from the Granger family by Cassie’s grandpa, he bought 400 acres, and the land has been in the family for over 45 years.

The setting of this book has to be the way it is because white people do not discriminate against black people the same way they did in the 1930s. Blacks are also not considered “property” anymore and most whites consider them to be equal. If blacks and whites were not equal Mr. Granger would not feel ashamed about a black family living on the land his family sold off.

Book Questions

Chapter one: The Logan Children Go to School:

1a. The Logan Family got their land by Cassie’s Papa. He had bought the first two hundred acres in 1887 from a Yankee the Grangers had sold it to, and he bought the last two hundred in 1918. 1b.It was so important for the Logans to keep their land because it is important that you do not own any one anything because you need a place to stay. Papa said when Cassie asked him why the land was so important, “Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain’t never had to live on nobody’s place but your own and as long as I live and the family survives,...
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