Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor.
The Dial Press: NY, 1976.

Newbery Award Winner 1977

This story is overwhelmingly powerful. It is the story of a black family in Mississippi during the Great Depression struggling to survive-physically and spiritually. Through Cassie we learn of the importance of integrity, pride, and independence. We also see how difficult it is to maintain them when confronted by people who believe you should have no rights, no pride, and no independence.

This novel was one of the books that helped me to more deeply understand the conditions that the black people (especially of the South, but not only the South) were forced to endure for 100 years after the Civil War. It is not a subject that was fully taught in my history classes growing up in Texas.

*The sequels are also very powerful.
related-Great Depression, Black History, Southern States-race, integrity, independence, labor history

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