Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Mildred D. Taylor Consider the socio-economic circumstances of all the Logan family and the white families in this world and their attitudes and values as well as discussing the details of the place and time in which the action takes place. Support assertions with detail. The novel Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is set in Mississippi, in the Deep South of America in the 1930s. It is a story of the time when racial segregation was a major part of the community and is a story of rejection and acceptance of others, injustice and above all fighting for your rights. The Logan family exemplifies these themes. Growing up as an Afro-American family in Mississippi the Logans, particularly the children, are victims of racial abuse and discrimination. White people considered themselves the superior race and Taylor confirmed their prejudice by describing their disturbing and atrocious actions. Little Mann, at the age of only six, is chased by a school bus for the amusement of the white children on board. Cassie describes how he tried to find shelter from the speeding bus but was “envelop[ed] in a scarlet haze while laughing white faces pressed against the bus windows.” This is just one example of many injustices in the novel. The Logan family, like most other Black families at the time, was very family orientated. As blacks, they were one of the wealthier families owning a little land and a small house of which they very proud. The family consisted of Big Mama, Mama, Papa, Cassie, Stacey, Christopher-John and Little Mann. All of the children attended school and both Mama and Papa worked which was rare for an Afro-American family. Times were hard in the 1930s if you were an Afro-American. The Logans were all victims of racial exploitation but they considered themselves lucky compared to some of the other black families. Share you

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