Mildred D. Taylor writes the story of “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry” from a nine-year old’s first person point of view. The main character, Cassie Logan, narrates the story as she comes to understand prejudice and racism in Mississippi during the 1930’s.
Although Cassie is just a child she is wise enough to learn about and understand the injustices that occur between the White people and the African-Americans during this period of history. Throughout the book, Cassie and her family experience examples of these injustices including getting used books when they arrive at school, seeing a neighbor badly burned, experiencing her mother being fired, and enduring threats to their land and well-being. Cassie even speaks up when the African-American children are forced to wait in line while the White people are taken care of by the clerk in a town store. Throughout the book the Logan family, including Cassie, take action to address the racial prejudice and to save their farm.