Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Study Guide

Mildred D. Taylor

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Chapter Summaries

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Timeline of Events

  • September 1933

    The Logan children start school.

    Chapter 1
  • Later that day

    The children get textbooks.

    Chapter 1
  • Soon after that

    Papa brings Mr. Morrison home to live with the Logans.

    Chapter 2
  • October 1933

    The Logans trap the white children's school bus for splashing them.

    Chapter 3
  • Fall 1933

    Stacey and T.J. fight after Stacey is blamed for T.J.'s cheating.

    Chapter 4
  • A week later

    Cassie goes with Big Ma to Strawberry and has a confrontation with white men.

    Chapter 5
  • Later that day

    Uncle Hammer comes to visit.

    Chapter 6
  • Christmas 1933

    Papa plans a boycott of the Wallace store.

    Chapter 7
  • A few days later

    Cassie tricks Lillian Jean into thinking they are friends.

    Chapter 8
  • Weeks later

    Cassie lures Lillian Jean into the woods and beats her up.

    Chapter 8
  • Later that same day

    Mr. Granger gets Mama fired from her teaching position.

    Chapter 8
  • Late spring

    The Wallaces ambush Papa on a trip to Vicksburg.

    Chapter 9
  • August 1934

    The bank declares the mortgage on the Logan land must be paid off.

    Chapter 10
  • August 1934

    Uncle Hammer sells his car to pay the mortgage.

    Chapter 10
  • That evening

    T.J. goes with the Simms brothers to rob the mercantile store.

    Chapter 10
  • That night

    The Simms brothers beat T.J. for threatening to talk.

    Chapter 11
  • That night

    The Logan children help T.J. sneak home.

    Chapter 11
  • A few minutes later

    A white lynch mob comes to kill T.J.

    Chapter 11
  • A little while later

    Papa distracts the lynch mob by starting a fire that threatens their crops.

    Chapter 12
  • All that night

    Blacks and whites work together to fight the fire.

    Chapter 12

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 The Logan children are walking to the Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School, where they attend and their mother te... Read More
Chapter 2 The Logan family is working their cotton fields. Big Ma is supervising as the younger, lighter children climb up poles t... Read More
Chapter 3 By October the fall rains come. Mama gives the children "dried calfskins" to wear on their heads. They don't like the ca... Read More
Chapter 4 The next day, Cassie moves so slowly Big Ma wonders if she's sick. She and Mama quietly discuss whether the children saw... Read More
Chapter 5 Several days later Cassie and Stacey get in the wagon to go to Strawberry to sell eggs and butter on market day. They le... Read More
Chapter 6 The wagon ride home is silent. No one feels like talking. When they get home, Stacey tells Cassie not to blame Big Ma fo... Read More
Chapter 7 Mama tells Stacey to get his coat so she can hem the sleeves. Stacey must tell his mother he gave T.J. the coat after T.... Read More
Chapter 8 As they walk to school, Cassie hails Lillian Jean. She says she's thought over what happened in Strawberry and has reali... Read More
Chapter 9 It is late March. Spring is arriving. Papa and Mr. Morrison plow the fields. The kids are still in school for a while lo... Read More
Chapter 10 A week later, Papa and Mama are talking about money. Mama asks if they should borrow some from Hammer, but Papa says no.... Read More
Chapter 11 Chapter 11 starts with the text of the poem/song "Roll of Thunder." The poem follows with actual thunder and Mr. Morriso... Read More
Chapter 12 When they get home, the lights are on. Mama, Big Ma, and Mr. Morrison are standing near the bed. Papa enters, ready to d... Read More
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