Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. Mildred worked in Ethiopia for two years with the Peace Corps.

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Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor. Mildred worked in Ethiopia for two years with the Peace Corps.

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Table Of Contents

I. Book Review

II. Meet The Author

III. Books By Mildred D. Taylor

IV. Lesson Plans And Other Resources

Book Review

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a novel of realistic fiction that concerns itself with issues of prejudice, courage, and self-respect. The story occurs in a small town in Mississippi in 1933, during the height of the Depression. The author allows the reader to experience the racial issues of the time through the eyes of an initially naive Cassie Logan. The racial tension and types of events experienced by young Cassie, her family, and town members cause her to grown up and discover the reality of her environment.

This is a powerful book that should be read by all people. Mildred Taylor vividly portrays the racial and economic climate during this period in American history. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry can easily be used in conjunction with social studies lessons on the Great Depression , segregation, the sharecropping system, slavery, and Reconstruction. It should be used in units based on family values, prejudice, courage, self-respect, growing up. The possibilities for this superb novel are only limited by the imagination of the educator.

Meet The Author

Mildred D. Taylor

Mildred D. Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi at a time when African American people in America were still struggling for full freedom. When she was three months old, her parents moved with Mildred and her sister to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood.

When she was going to school in the 1940's and 1950's, Mildred disliked the way African American history was taught. She believed that it did not tell the way things really were. What she heard in school did not sound anything like the history she learned from her father and her grandfather.

Mildred's father was a master storyteller. The Taylor family often sat spellbound in front of the fireplace or the front porch under the moonlight listening to the stories of African American people who lived their lives with pride and dignity.These were stories of real people who had lived in Ohio and Mississippi. Some of the stories had been passed down through generations, from the time of slavery. Mildred became inspired by the heroes of these stories. Their example taught her to love and respect herself, her family, and her heritage.

After graduating from the University of Toledo, Mildred worked in Ethiopia for two years with the Peace Corps. She spent two years teaching English and history in Ethiopia. Her stay there taught her more about what life was like for African American people before they were brought to America as slaves. The pride and independence of the people she observed reminded her of stories her father told her.

Mildred returned to the United States to teach and recruit for the Peace Corps. She then studied journalism at the University of Colorado, where she received her Master's degree. While attending the university, she joined the Black Student Alliance (BSA) and helped to create a black studies program at the school. After graduating, she worked as a study skills coordinator.

Her father's stories had become such a part of her that Mildred wanted to put them down on paper. Her first attempt was a story called "The Friendship" which she did not publish for many years. She did not feel that on paper it had the power it had when she heard it told by her father. She decided not to publish it until it was strong enough to give the reader the same kind of response she felt when she heard the story as a little girl. She wanted to be sure that the reader would feel sadness and outrage at the unjust treatment the character Mr. Tom Bee had received just because of the color of his skin, and feel admiration for his courage and dignity in the face of discrimination. When The Friendship was ready to do all that, it was published.

Mildred Taylor had received critical acclaim for her original interpretation of the African American experience. Her first book about the Logan family, Song of the Trees, won the Council on Interracial Books Award in the African American category. It was also a New York Times Outstanding Book of the Year in 1975. MsTaylor. won the coveted Newbery Award in 1977 for Roll ofThunder, Hear My Cry. In 1997, she was the recipient of the ALAN Award.

Mildred D. Taylor's deceased father would be very proud of his daughter. Like him, she has become a Master Storyteller.

Books By Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976)

Let the Circle Be Unbroken (1981)

The Friendship and Other Stories (1987)

Mississippi Bridge (1990)

The Road to Memphis (1992)

The Well (1995)

The Land (1999)

Lesson Plans and Other Resources

Score Cyberguide: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry - Lesson plans

Crisis Times for African- Americans - Unit on slavery and the Great Depression

The Family that Endured: An Historical View of African-American Families As Seen through American Literature and Art- Unit that studies the historical development of the African-American Family

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry: A Literature Unit- Order this unit on line.

National Civil Rights Museum - Take a virtual tour!

American History Online - Read an actual sharecropping contract and narratives of African-Americans who had contact with the Ku Klux Klan during the


By Gail Blow on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 12:00 am: Edit Post

I need to know how to write a research paper on Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

By Tanya Berry on Thursday, September 04, 2003 - 2:11 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for activities for students to use in literature circles for the following books:
Song of the trees
The Friendship
The Gold Cadillac
Mississippi Bridge

By Hillary Arnold ( on Thursday, April 08, 2004 - 4:28 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for a publicity photo or any portrait-type picture of Mildred Taylor to use on the cover of a biography I am working on. This will be part of a series of books called The Library of Author Biographies that will be sold to middle school libraries.
Thanks very much for your help,
Hillary Arnold

The Rosen Publishing Group
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By balbir kaur ( - on Saturday, May 15, 2004 - 5:09 am: Edit Post

I am looking for a unit of work on novel "Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry" by Mildred D. Taylor for year 9 students

By Gina Hebert ( - on Thursday, December 16, 2004 - 9:15 am: Edit Post

I am just looking for more information on Mildred D. Taylor to finish my term paper if anybody could help I would be very grateful. Thanks.

By Shanie Rider ( - on Tuesday, January 04, 2005 - 10:26 pm: Edit Post

I need to find photos of "Roll of Thunder,Hear My Cry"please!Thanks!Appreciate it**

By kimber ( - on Friday, January 07, 2005 - 4:34 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for lesson plans or activities that go with the novel The Well. Things like comprehension questions, vocabulary, parts of the plot, literary devices, etc. help.

By loriez ( - on Sunday, January 16, 2005 - 8:37 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for information/activities to specifically connect the Great Depression to "Roll of Thunder, Heare Me Cry". I have lots of info. for racism and African American Civil Rights. Thanks for your help.

By meg tay ( - on Monday, March 21, 2005 - 6:46 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for pics of the characters in the story

By sarah butler ( - on Monday, April 11, 2005 - 6:00 pm: Edit Post

I am looking for a unit across the curriculum of Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry

By k ( - on Sunday, April 17, 2005 - 2:12 pm: Edit Post

i need pictures. were can i get them

By Stephanie James ( - on Friday, May 20, 2005 - 1:29 pm: Edit Post

I need pics of the author for my hwk

By Anonymous ( on Friday, September 30, 2005 - 2:29 pm: Edit Post

Which stories by Mildred D. Taylor are about the Logan Family, besides Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry... and Let The Circle Be Unbroken

By Anonymous ( - on Saturday, November 12, 2005 - 8:32 pm: Edit Post

I need pictures for my project for roll of thunder hear my cry

By bob rofey ( - on Sunday, November 13, 2005 - 8:26 pm: Edit Post

How do i find out the answer to my question

By Anonymous ( - on Monday, November 28, 2005 - 12:34 pm: Edit Post

I am a student and looking for help with explaining the development of Cassie's character throughout 'Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry'.
By this i mean explaining how her personality traits etc are developed for example; strong- mindedness, quick - tempered, has self - respect,has courage. Plus how her knowledge and understanding of racial issues is progressed throughout the novel and maturity etc...
If anyone can help quickly, before tomorrow i will be sooo grateful!
love n x

By chrissie blabla ( - on Saturday, December 17, 2005 - 3:43 pm: Edit Post

know a vocabulary list 4 chapter 2

By Anonymous ( - on Saturday, February 18, 2006 - 8:39 am: Edit Post

Where can we get the pictures?

By anonymous ( - on Monday, March 06, 2006 - 3:53 pm: Edit Post

I am a student at a Georgia Middle School and just recently I finished the book Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry " it was really a touching book and I also got very upset but,thumbs up to Mildred Taylor! Good Job.

By Anonymous ( - on Wednesday, March 08, 2006 - 6:45 pm: Edit Post

i need to be able to read the book onlione does anyone now how to get it cuz i left it at school
i need it by the nite of 3/8/06

By Anonymous ( - on Wednesday, March 15, 2006 - 8:19 pm: Edit Post

i just read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and I almost cried! 5 stars!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Anonymous ( - on Thursday, April 06, 2006 - 9:29 pm: Edit Post

I Really Loved This Book and I hope i could read the second and third part of it. 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I DON'T HAVE A USERNAME AND A PASSWORD AND A E-MAIL

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By Anonymous ( - on Friday, May 05, 2006 - 9:24 pm: Edit Post

I like Little Man.

By Pramilla Priscilla ( - on Tuesday, May 16, 2006 - 11:49 am: Edit Post

i need pics of the characters in tis story

By Anonymous ( on Tuesday, June 27, 2006 - 6:25 am: Edit Post

arrgh this book is driving me mental even if parts are interesting the plot line bores me

By jessica wenk ( - on Monday, July 24, 2006 - 12:56 pm: Edit Post

i need a plot line of all the important parts in roll of thunder hear my cry
if you could email them to me that would be great
thanks so much

- jessica

By Anonymous ( - on Tuesday, October 10, 2006 - 6:50 pm: Edit Post

where cn i find a dairy about this bok

By candie ( - on Wednesday, December 13, 2006 - 6:28 pm: Edit Post

i need photos plz thanks

By Anonymous ( - on Tuesday, March 06, 2007 - 1:06 pm: Edit Post

i need a piture of Papa

By Shawntell Lynn Manger ( - on Tuesday, March 13, 2007 - 9:07 pm: Edit Post

hey hows it going

By Obama ( - on Wednesday, March 28, 2007 - 5:25 pm: Edit Post

this article was very helpful and added a lot to my literary analysis.

By Anonymous ( - on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 5:17 pm: Edit Post

I just read this book in my class.

By Anonymous ( - on Monday, April 16, 2007 - 9:31 pm: Edit Post

I need a picture of all the characters

By Anonymous ( on Wednesday, May 02, 2007 - 5:59 pm: Edit Post

i love this book it is so kewll but i hate T.J. he is so retarded friend with r.w and melvin

By amelovsjohncena ( - on Wednesday, May 16, 2007 - 8:42 am: Edit Post

i loved this book i am doing it for a school project and need picutres can anyone help

By Taylor Pope ( - on Saturday, December 29, 2007 - 3:46 pm: Edit Post

I'm doing this book 4 a school project and I need a picture of Cassie Logan.
Can anyone help me?

By Anonymous ( - on Tuesday, January 01, 2008 - 5:04 pm: Edit Post

i need to 10 most important events in the whole book

By Anonymous ( - on Saturday, January 26, 2008 - 5:15 pm: Edit Post

i love this book but i need pics and a copy i can use online because i hate books i loose them like crazy!!!!!!!!!!!!

By RICKY PERRY ( - on Friday, April 11, 2008 - 3:03 am: Edit Post


By Anonymous ( - on Sunday, April 27, 2008 - 2:21 pm: Edit Post

This book is stupid

By George Benis ( on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 5:17 pm: Edit Post

The book is NoT stupid it is about a girl trying to grow up in Mississippi when black people had no rights!!!!!!!!

By Rayna Alvarez ( on Saturday, November 01, 2008 - 3:49 pm: Edit Post

OMG i loved this book and whoever says its stupid is stupid themselves because they don't understand it!

By Alexerasd ( on Wednesday, March 11, 2009 - 4:35 pm: Edit Post

I am doing the trial for T.J and i need to know everything about T.J
What he does, says
please help me:-)

By Carla Calderon ( on Monday, March 21, 2011 - 6:31 pm: Edit Post

I love this book!
especially T.J he is so cute!
and its kinda funny how the bus falls and all that. But I also think its kinda mean

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