Roll of Thunder Hear MY Cry
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Name: Debora Brown
Title: Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Publication Date: 1976
Special Features: Poems
Genre: Historical Fiction
Background Information: “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” takes place in Mississippi during the Depression Era. It was during the time when the African Americans were sharecroppers which means that they stayed and worked the land for the Caucasian owners. The Logan family had purchased their own land. As a matter of fact, the Logan’s had purchased four hundred acres which they raise cotton on.
The Logan family owns their own land and they raise cotton on their land. Mrs. Logan is a school teacher, and they all had to walk to school whether it was hot, cold, or raining. Little Man does not like their used books, and he is very clean. The Caucasian children rode the bus, but the driver always splash muddy water on them. To solve the problem, the children dug a hole in the muddy road and the bus breaks down. Mr. Granger wants the land back that the Logan family has purchased. Cassie gets back at Lillie, and the Logan family saves T.J. by doing a courageous act.
This book was interesting because of the era that it happened. The Logan family faces many trials, but they did not give up. They fought for the values they believed in, and they did not stop even when their lives were in danger. The Logan’s took a stand for what was right. This book could be use to instruct the new generation about life in a different era. “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” brought issues of racism/injustice for the African Americans. The author’s opinion in this book also helps people to understand that racism truly is not gone, but it still exists. This book shows people how African Americans were really treated. I agree that the younger generation need to learn about the history of the south and the country. “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” can be compared to “Monster” by Walter Myers because it also can be said that from the court system you are guilty until proven innocence. “Roll of Thunder” can be related to other history books because this will help the new generation to understand how time was in the past, and they can compare it to their time.
Connection to texts: This story could be use in teaching students about slavery or the times before 1960s and even now. This story could be included in the history text to discuss how things were for that time. The class can use a Venn diagram to compare the different eras to now. The class can discuss how they would have handled the situations that occurred.
• Use “Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” in History/Social Studies classes
• Compare Depression Era to now
“Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry” will be an excellent book to help the students to understand how life has really changed or has not changed. This book is part of our history of our country, and the students need to learn how to make a change in history by righting wrongs. The students could do this by not making the same mistakes as the earlier generation did. The issues of racism still exist today not only among Caucasians and African Americans, but among African Americans against each other and Caucasians against each other. The author wrong what was really happening during that era, but sadly racism continues to ascend its ugliness. The main point of the book was that racism still exists, but you can rise above it all. Some may not read this book because they don’t want to face the reality of it. Then some people may not want to read it because it may bring back many painful memories.