How Does Mildred D Taylor Reflect the Civil Rights Movement in the Novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry? Essay

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How does Mildred D Taylor reflect the Civil Rights Movement in the Novel, Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry? Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry is set in 1930s Mississippi and explores the themes of racism and segregation but also shows the other side and displays the communion and hope that the black community of Southern America possessed. Roll of Thunder shows in depth the hideous manipulation and struggle that the white people put the black community through. The Civil Rights Movement was at a peak from 1955-1965. Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Right Acts of 1965 guaranteeing basic civil rights for all Americans, regardless of race, after a decade of non-violent protests and marches. Throughout the novel, there were many different means of non-violent protests. The black community were taking a different approach to the racism unlike the white people who were very violent and abusive. The black people wanted to be free from the segregation and would do anything to escape it, if they had of fought back matters may have been made worse and their lives would have been made even more unbearable. One of the forms of non-violent protests was Boycotts. Many boycotts took place throughout the novel and were a simple yet effective way of expressing the black community’s dismay at the racism and segregation. Mrs Logan (also known as Mama) uses the boycott plot to her advantage and the Wallace’s detriment. The Wallace store is charging all of their customers (the black community) credit. The black people cannot afford to shop anywhere else and are therefore forced to shop at the Wallace store and pay the credit. But Mrs Logan decides to make a stand against this and prove to everybody that she will not just sit back and be defeated. So, she sends men to Strawberry to get all of the supplies that everyone will need and provides the black people with all of

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