Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Author: Mildred D. Taylor

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Protagonist and Antagonist

The protagonist is Cassie Logan because she is the main character. The Antagonist is the Wallace's because they took T.J, Cassie and her brothers to court cause T.J was blamed for stealing from the Wallace's store.

Conflicts Of My Story

One of the conflicts is external because one night T.J and some of his "friends" went walking around the town. The second they start walking to the store, T.J asked "Why are y'all going toward the store. It's the middle of the night and the store is closed."After he said that they start putting on black masks and black clothing. They picked the lock and went in. When they got in there, they started getting stuff of the shelves. Mr. Wallace woke up from all the noise they were making, he walked down the stairs. Once they saw him, they knocked him out with the back of an ax and Mrs. Wallace came running down the stairs. All she saw was T.J in the doorway cause she couldn't see the other kids that were with T.J. She called the cops on T.j and they went to court because he was accused of murder and theft.

Genre of My Story

My genre is Drama because there are a lot of conflicts in this story like Christopher- John getting into fights, and people dying, going to jail. The age group that will start reading this book is 12-16yrs because there's really difficult vocabulary , and the story contains scenes that are not for younger kids.


maverick- someone who exhibits independence in thought and action

mar- render imperfect

towheaded- of color hair or whitish

penchant- a strong liking

bootleg-whiskey illegally distilled from a corn mash

about the author

Mildred D. Taylor- was born September 13, 1943 in Jackson, Mississippi. When she grew up she started writing books about how her race was getting mess with and she thought that if she wrote books that it would stop. and i did she wrote 9 books about this girl named Cassie and her family and how they get messed with.

summary of my book

The Logan family works hard to keep the small piece of farmland they own. They endure many racial injustices. The children are harassed by a school bus full of white children, so they dig out a ditch in the road, trapping the bus and breaking the axle. Cassie, one of the Logan daughters, takes a trip to the nearby town of Strawberry and is shocked by the disrespect she is greeted with. Meanwhile, more serious problems are developing. The Wallace boys burn some local black men, killing one, and so the Logan family begins a boycott of their store. When Stacey, their oldest boy, gets in a fight with his best friend T. J. at the Wallace store, Mama decides to take a tour of the local community and urge people not to let their children go there and not to purchase goods there. However, many families have nowhere else to shop. The Logans offer to buy good for them in Vicksburg, and Mr. Jamison backs their credit.

Meanwhile, Christmas comes, and both Uncle Hammer and Papa come home to join the family. Uncle Hammer drives a shiny new car. When Harlan Granger comes to try to convince the Logans to stop the boycott, Hammer and Papa are both defiant. However, Mama soon loses her teaching job, and other pressure is put on the Logan family. Other families who sharecrop Granger land are forced to return to the Wallace store. And finally, Papa's leg is broken during a violent attack he suffers while trying to make a trip to Vicksburg. Only the brute strength of L. T., a man Papa brings home to help work and defend the farm, drives away the attackers.

Soon, Granger forces the Logans to pay up on a loan they once took out from the bank. Uncle Hammer has to sell his car in order to make the payment. Meanwhile, T. J. has become a rogue, a known thief, and he hangs out with two trouble-making White teenagers, Melvin and R. W.. One day, they bring him along on a murderous rampage and manage to frame him. Papa and L. T. go to stop the lynching that follows. Almost as soon as they leave, however, the cotton field catches fire, as if it was struck by lightning. The lynch mob and the local black farmers must band together in order to stop the fire. It turns out that Papa started the fire in order to stop the lynching.

theme statement

it teaches you not be selfish or stubborn because you wont get anywhere in life.
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Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry (1978) trailer