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Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry

Stacey, Cassie, Christopher-John, Little Man, Ma, Pa, Big Ma, T.J. Miz Crocker, The Berrys, The Wallaces, The Grangers, Jeremy

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Mississippi - 1931 Logans' Farm - Wallace Store - Granger Farm - The Great Faith Elementaty - Strawberry - Vicksburg

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Plot

Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year - the yaer of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humilates Cassie in public simply becuase she is black - to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood.

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Sharecropping

http://www.nps.gov/archive/elro/glossary/great-depression.htm

"But y'all knows hew theys is. Anytime they thnks we steppin' outa our place they feels like they gotta stop us. You knwo what some fo 'em done to the Berrys." (p. 62)"Mama's eyes looked deeply into mine, locked into them. and she said in a tight, clear voice, "Becuase he thinks Lillian Jean in better than you are," (126)

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After the Civil War, many southern African Americans were left without jobs and a place to live. Many white, former plantation owners were left with no help to farm their land.

The unequalatiable solution to this problem became sharecropping. Tenants would take a patch of land of a large plantation to live and work on. To 'earn' their keep, they would give a majority of their crop to their landowner, many times barely coming out even.


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