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I believe this theme would apply to many of the characters of the Mildred Taylor novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. It certainly fits with most of the members of the Logan family, particularly the young narrator, Cassie. Cassie needs a boost of pride after growing up in the racially charged area in which she lives. Brother Stacey would also benefit from this independence. Their doomed neighbor, T. J. Avery, may have discovered the importance of property ownership had he not strayed to dishonorable and illegal actions. Even the visiting L.T. Morrison would have discovered a sense of security had he owned a piece of land that he could call his own.
The theme is considered to be "The American Dream." Land ownership has always been important to Americans. The slaves saw that the landowners had the power. Land also meant a safe place where one could put one's head down and create hopes and dreams. It created a sense of security for men.
The time after the Civil War was fraught with mixed emotions for black land owners. Those that were able to purchase a piece of land were subject to attempts from the KKK to bring them down. The Southern whites did not want black people to have any from of ownership. When black people finally had their own property it was a sign of improvement for the culture and hope for their family’s future.
The Logan family took great pride in the ownership of their land. It made them stand out among the sharecroppers. What they had farmed was their own and no one could tell them what to do with the land or who could live on the land.
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