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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is a very powerful novel about the Logan family living in Mississippi in the 1930's.

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Reflection Essay Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry By Mildred D. Taylor Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor is a very powerful novel about the Logan family living in Mississippi in the 1930's. The story is told through the eyes of nine-year-old Cassie Logan, who has to learn throughout the entire book, how harsh the world truly is for blacks. Cassie has to learn that it is a white man's world out there, and that black people don't have much of a say in what goes on in it. There are many events in this book which lead me to say how prejudiced our country was at that time. One thing that stays on my mind is the conflict between Cassie and Lillian Jean, a white girl about the same age as Cassie. During Cassie's first visit to the town of Strawberry, she accidentally bumps into Lillian Jean. It is then that Lillian Jean starts calling Cassie names (comparing Cassie's "nasty little self" with "decent white folk"), and makes her apologize. ...read more.

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Since that car is one of the finest, and is owned by Mr. Granger, a respectable white man, when Uncle Hammer buys the car, he shows all the white people that blacks are the same as whites. Blacks are also treated like second-class citizens in Roll of Thunder. An example of this is the education system for the black and white children. At the beginning of the story, when Cassie is in school, she finds out that for the first time, she and her classmates will be getting books. But when they get them, Cassie sees that the books are perhaps twenty years old- other people's throwaways. They are given to the black children only when the books become too old to be used by the whites. On top of that, it also calls the black children, "nigra"- a sort of taunt name used on blacks in those days. Also, when Mrs. Logan starts to teach her pupils things other than what she is supposed to, and when she covers up the labels of the books so that the children don't have to accept what the books say, Mr. ...read more.

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Jamison, a fair and respectable white lawyer, and Cassie's father (who starts a fire on his own land to act as a decoy), T.J. would have been killed. He is saved for the moment, though because of the fact that he is black, it is unlikely that T.J. will be saved. This situation just goes to show that the idea that all men are created equal in the U.S., does not apply to the blacks in Roll of Thunder. I can see from Mildred D. Taylor's Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, that racism affected the black people in the Deep South, years after slavery was abolished. Everywhere you turn, you can see that this issue was a daily part of their lives. The law turned a blind eye to crimes committed against blacks. The education system for blacks was second-rate. Black children were separated from whites from the beginning, thus making the blacks hate whites, as they grew older. Whites did not want blacks to feel in any way equal to them. And from the book, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, I can better understand this issue. Sana Samnani Period 5 5/1/2007 ...read more.

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