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How important is the setting and historical background of the novel "roll of thunder, Hear my Cry?

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Introduction

The America that "Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry" is set in, is so hugely different from the one that we have today. 1930's America was a place of turbulence. The consumer market had been saturated with goods. For a while this was a good thing, people bought them and the economy did well. However, after a while, so many people had bought the goods that there was no market for them now. Mississippi was hit hard by the depression. Before the farmer had over produced cotton and the price had fallen. To sell more, they cut their prices. Within a few year, cotton prices had fallen from two dollars a bushel to just twenty-five cents a bushel. While everyone was suffering, blacks, like the Logan family were suffering even more. The majority of blacks were share croppers and had participated boom in the first place, due to the way that they were treated by those whose land they worked on. ...read more.

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I am white; I should be doing better than him. The land is a key part of the story. The Logans have land, when most blacks in the Southern States were share cropping. Again and again throughout the book is a refrain: "We won't lose the land", is repeated by throughout the book. In a culture where the memory of slavery is still strong, land is a symbol of independence. Due to the fact that they own land, the Logans can afford to shop in Vicksburg, they are not subject to the every whim of the land owner and do not have to buy in someone else's name. Unlike Mr. Granger, who sees the land as a symbol of his family's "rightful" domination over blacks, for the Logans, the land is intrinsically linked to family and freedom. When Big Ma signs the land over to Hammer and Papa, Cassie says that it does not matter whose name the deed is in because it will always be "Logan land." ...read more.

Conclusion

With the hatred suffered by so many blacks at the time, a simple thing like self respect was hard for black people, who were always being put down by whites. It is also important to note that on the way to school the Logan children talk with a white boy, Jeremy Simms. This is important because it shows that the racism in the novel is an adult construct, as is the segregation - the children mingle freely and naturally when they on the road together - but are unnaturally separated in segregated schoolhouses, and parents that think both sides will influence each other, to some extent. Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry shows one girl trying to comprehend the world in which she lives and why it is so unfair. This book could not have been set in any other place, in any other time. There is no where such a group has been persecuted for what they are when they were, by law equals with those that persecuted them. ?? ?? ?? ?? Jonty Edgar Mr Smith ...read more.

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