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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor
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Clarify the importance of the storytelling theme in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Taylor.

Storytelling is a very important theme in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It allows the Logans and other members of the Black community to get in touch with their own culture and history, which is ignored and marginalized by white society.

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Storytelling is presented to us in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as being an essential part of African American culture. It performs a number of vital functions, all of which conduce to the cohesion and stability of a community constantly under siege from systemic racism and injustice.

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Storytelling is presented to us in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as being an essential part of African American culture. It performs a number of vital functions, all of which conduce to the cohesion and stability of a community constantly under siege from systemic racism and injustice.

First and foremost, storytelling allows the Black community to get in touch with its history. This is all the more important when one considers that Cassie and other African American children are not taught about their history at school, so the stories that she hears from adults in her community are essential if she's to learn about her identity.

Such stories engender pride but also serve to remind the African American community of the numerous injustices they have faced throughout their history and continue to face in the present. An understanding of history and its link with the present allows them to see how and why they are in the particular situation in which they find themselves.

That may not alleviate the racial prejudice they face on a daily basis, but it does at least strengthen bonds among the community, thus inducing a greater sense of solidarity, of common endeavor, in the midst of a fundamentally unjust society.

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