Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
is a 1976 children's novel by Mildred D. Taylor
. The novel won the 1977 Newbery Medal
. Its sequel, Let the Circle Be Unbroken
, was released in 1981. It also has a prequel in 1975, Song of the Trees
. The Land
tells the story of the Logan grandfather who purchased the land that is central to this novel
This novel explores life in Depression-era Mississippi as lived by an African-American family, the Logans. The Logans are fortunate; they own their own land in a time and place when many—black and white—are living as sharecroppers on various plantations and racially-motivated crimes are common. The 'Berry Burnings' mentioned in chapter 1 and Mr. Tatum who was tarred and feathered
in chapter 4 are prime examples of lynch mobs
taking the law into their own hands, at the expense of the black population.
The novel focuses on the importance of owning land and the effects of racism. Focusing on Cassie Logan, (the narrator
) the story also is a "coming of age" story as Cassie learns "the way things are".
Cassie and her brothers, Stacey, Christopher-John, and Little Man (Clayton Chester) walk to school. Cassie talks about the land on which the Logan family lives. On the first day of school, the children are walking to school, and Little Man is lagging behind, trying to keep the red dust off his clothes. On one street, the bus for the white school passes them, completely covering Little Man in a... Read More