What is the book Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry about?
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a 1976 children's novel written by Mildred D. Taylor. It tells the story of a land-owning African American family living in a rural area of Mississippi during the 1930s, and how they subsequently cope with mounting white oppression and racism in order to keep their land. It was made into a TV movie in 1978, starring Lark Ruffin as Cassie.
Many of the events and themes are adult in nature, but the book is told in the first person narrative, as viewed through the eyes and ears of Cassie Logan, a fourth-grade girl. Cassie, at this young age, discovers the dangers of racism.
The novel won the 1977 Newbery Medal and is considered by some to be among the greatest children's novels of all time. Its sequel, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, was released in 1981
The thunder comes from a poem and it is also mentioned in the storm when the mob is after T.J. The cotton field is set on fire, and then a thunderstorm begins. Roll of thunder, hear my cry also explains how they want God to hear their cry. It had quite an effect on me. I was so into it that I finished the book in 1.5 days..:) i felt like a nerd. lol..