Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Mildred Taylor

March 15, 2017

Review by Arthur Balva

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, centered on a carefree 9-year old girl Cassie Logan, is a heartbreaking yet enjoyable book. The story is set in 1939 in Mississippi, where the Logan family live, a state dominated by whites and only whites. However, Cassie’s family has an advantage over their fellow blacks. They own 400 acres of land first bought by Cassie’s grandfather. Yet, even with a head start, Cassie must learn the flow of society and overcome the fierce and at times cruel reality of blacks in the 1930s. On the other hand, as bad as racism gets, she must go through the good and bad times of her community and society all together at once.

Mildred D. Taylor, the author, who went through similar events as Cassie raises the awareness of this horrific action that still many societies in the world follow. In addition, the most amazing part of Mildred D. Taylor’s writing is the fact that there are so many real life themes of this book. Of course, racism is one, but deep down in the book, she explores poverty, the social ladder, courage, friendship, and many more. This provides some many more insights on the story and the setting. Finally, while reading, it makes one feel so much more fortunate to live in a country that promotes equality and freedom to all genders and races. As the book demonstrates, the era of 1930s is an extremely difficult time when racism dominated society and affected so many people’s lives. I would, without a doubt, recommend this wonderfully written book to everybody in the world.


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