Roll Of thunder,Hear My Cry       By Mildred D. Taylor

Connelly Early

Selected Epigraph: "It demands great spiritual resilience not to hate the hater whose foot is on your neck, and an even greater miracle of perception and charity not to teach your child to hate." ~James Baldwin In this novel Cassie's mother teaches at Great Faith, one of the largest black schools in the county. She teaches her students, as well as her own children, to have pride in who they are and to work hard instead of teaching hate toward those who treat them unfairly.
Universal Theme: - Prejudice - Self Respect This photograph was chosen to represent the mother daughter relationship of Cassie and Mama. Simultaneously it symbolizes the universal themes of both prejudice and self respect. The sign above says Colored Entrance, a clear example of prejudice, yet self respect is also shown in the classy way the mother and daughter are dressed. In the novel, Cassie's family took great pride in the few fine clothes they had. They often wore their church clothes to school because it was one way to show they thought education was important.
Tone: - strong-willed - persevering Cassie's family is one of the few Mississippi black families to own land and they are determined to keep it no matter what is thrown their way, even though the odds continue to stack up against them during the Great Depression. With everything in them, Cassie's parents intend to survive the hard times, the prejudice, the injustices of the night riders and the burnings. Cassie has that same strong will. The artwork chosen shows the look of determination Cassie would have shown when dealing with Miz Lillian Jean or any of the other white children who were cruel to her simply because of the color of her skin.
Historical Setting: - 1933 - Rural Mississippi - Great Depression This photo represents the land, which is important throughout the novel. In the first chapter Cassie's father speaks directly to Cassie telling her to look out over the land that will one day belong to her. It means so much to her family because the generations before them were slaves who never had a chance of owning land. For them land ownership is the ultimate symbol of freedom. In the end the land is what brings the community together, both blacks and whites, to save the land from a fire that would spread.
Connection: Text-to-Text Brotherhood by Anne Westrick to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor In Brotherhood, Shad joins the KKK. He finds out the group intends to use violence against the students and teachers at the African American school where he is being taught to read in exchange for sharing his sewing skills. In Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry, Cassie, her family, and others in her community are terrorized by the 'Night Men'. These white night men burn one of the Taylor's neighbors and are not punished for it. The photograph chosen shows hooded KKK members burning a cross at night.
A Day In the Life: This photograph represents a day in the life of Cassie as she was always on the outside looking in. Because they were black, Cassie, her siblings, and her friends, could not go to the nicer white school. A bus didn't drive them to school like it did for the white children. Every day they would watch as the bus passes them when they were walking to school. They couldn't sell their things at the front of the market. The color of their skin meant that they weren't treated fairly. Observing this discrimination made Cassie angry. One day Miz Lilian Jean humiliated Cassie but Cassie was made to apologize to her. This was the point in the book where Cassie had to get control of her anger for the injustices. She had to be smarter, making a careful plan to show Lilian Jean that she shouldn't be treated so poorly.
This painting symbolizes the strength Cassie receives from her parents. Her father and mother are hard-working, determined people. They are proud of the land they own. The title of the painting is Sowing. Cassie's parents plant the seeds of respect in their children. Cassie's strong-will grows from these seeds. This helps her deal with the prejudice and injustice she faces growing up Mississippi during the 1930's. mandala:
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