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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D.…

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976)

by Mildred D. Taylor

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Summary: This book is bout a 9-year-old African American girl named Cassie who lived in rural Mississippi in 1933. It tells of the deep racism during the Great Depression. Their family has a lot of land and Cassie's daddy must work very hard on the railroad so that they can keep it. Cassie and her siblings are harassed often by the white children in the community. When TJ is framed for a murder, Cassie's father sets a cotton field on fire so he can stop the lynching that was going to happen. In the end the men who were going the lynching and the black men had to work together to stop the fire.

Personal reaction: I feel like this book was a great book to read but it made me incredibly sad. I hate how much racism was, and still is, in this world. No one should eve be judged or treated badly because of the color of their skin. I think it is important for children to read books like these so they can learn from the past and maybe learn a little empathy for children that are different than them.

Extension ideas:
1. As a teacher, I would test the children comprehension of the book by giving them a multiple choice test at the end of every chapter.
2. I would also have them make a family tree of Cassie's family.
3. I would also teach the children about other African Americans that have made a difference in this country.
  Shellystanley | Jul 23, 2017 |
This book is about slavery. I used to read this book in school, and it is interesting to read. The reading level for this book is fifth and sixth grade.
  ShaneKadrmas | May 5, 2017 |
The novel Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry is set during the time of Jim Crow Laws. It is centered around an African American Family that is struggling to hold onto what little piece of land that belongs to them. The novel teaches humility, courage, the bond between a family, and the ability to overcome despite what circumstances are in front of you. ( )
  tlashayvance | Apr 28, 2017 |
I think the moral of this story is no matter who or what is telling you that you can't do something, there is always a way to do it. The book delves into a time period when it was hard for an African American family to become successful. Mama, Papa and Big Ma work hard to raise children that are respectful and responsible. They show the kids to stand up for their people specifically when Papa starts the fire to distract from the lynching. ( )
  kkrume1 | Apr 5, 2017 |
Having studied this one at school I wasn't sure if I would enjoy it but set myself the challenge. I had fairly good memories, which is saying something because I hated English Literature and was pretty rubbish too. Anyway, it exceeded expectations and I can see why this book won awards. It is excellently written and covers a very difficult subject by making it a personal story. I remember now that this was eye-opening to me as a teenager. I grew up in a small English town and had only experienced racism in people's comments about those not present. The ugly actions displayed in the book may be far removed from 21st Century Britain, but many of the root beliefs of superiority persist, and dare I say it, seem to be becoming more acceptable in these days of Britain First, UKIP, and the EU referendum. It is not a fun or happy book, but well worth the read for teenagers or adults. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Jun 3, 2016 |
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Roll of thunder hear my cry

This book is about a family that lived in Mississippi. They owned a lot of land. There were the Wallace’s who were mean white people. There family was big. Papa sent Mr. Morrison to watch all of his family. There was a guy named T.J who took the wrong side of the road. And was blamed for stealing a gun. Papa went down to the land and set a fire so that T.J would not get hurt anymore. In the end, everything turned out great and it did not have to end in violence.

We read this book in my 7th grade LA class. I enjoyed reading it. My favorite part was when Papa set a distraction to make them stop hitting T.J... I loved this book. Everybody should read this. The only part I did not like was when they cursed at the African Americans. I encourage all readers to read this book.
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To the memory of my beloved father, who lived many adventures of the boy Stacey and who was in essence the man David.
First words
"Little Man, would you come on?"
As moronic rolls of laughter and cries of 'Nigger! Nigger! Mud eater!" wafted from the open windows, Little Man threw his mudball, missing the wheels by several feet. Then, totally dismayed by what happened, he buried his face in his hands and cried.
For him to believe that he is better than we are makes him think he's important, simply because he's white.
Baby, we have not choice of what color we're born or what our parents are or whether we're rich or poor. What we do have is some choice over what we make of our lives once we're here.
Roll of Thunder
here my cry
Over the water
bye and bye
Ole man comin'
down the line
Whip in hand to
beat me down
But I ain't
gonna let him
Turn me' round
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Although the Civil War ended, racial discrimination is still a part of the culture in the South, especially in Mississippi. The story is about the Logan's determination to stand up against prejudice amidst opposition: night riders, burnings, and lynchings. The Logans even face the possibility of losing their source of independence: the land that they own.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0142401129, Paperback)

In all Mildred D. Taylor's unforgettable novels she recounts "not only the joy of growing up in a large and supportive family, but my own feelings of being faced with segregation and bigotry." Her Newbery Medal-winning Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story of one African American family, fighting to stay together and strong in the face of brutal racist attacks, illness, poverty, and betrayal in the Deep South of the 1930s. Nine-year-old Cassie Logan, growing up protected by her loving family, has never had reason to suspect that any white person could consider her inferior or wish her harm. But during the course of one devastating year when her community begins to be ripped apart by angry night riders threatening African Americans, she and her three brothers come to understand why the land they own means so much to their Papa. "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 long as I live and the family survives, you'll never have to. That's important. You may not understand that now but one day you will. Then you'll see."

Twenty-five years after it was first published, this special anniversary edition of the classic strikes as deep and powerful a note as ever. Taylor's vivid portrayal of ugly racism and the poignancy of Cassie's bewilderment and gradual toughening against social injustice and the men and women who perpetuate it, will remain with readers forever. Two award-winning sequels, Let the Circle Be Unbroken and The Road to Memphis, and a long-awaited prequel, The Land, continue the profoundly moving tale of the Logan family. (Ages 9 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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A black family living in Mississippi during the Depression of the 1930s is faced with prejudice and discrimination which its children do not understand.

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