What do the night men in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry do to Mr. Tatum and why?

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In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry , Mr. Avery pays a visit to the Logan family and informs them that, "They's ridin' t'night." Mr. Avery is referring to the night men, a group of white men that harass and punish black people as they see fit. The children overhear...

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In Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mr. Avery pays a visit to the Logan family and informs them that, "They's ridin' t'night." Mr. Avery is referring to the night men, a group of white men that harass and punish black people as they see fit. The children overhear part of the conversation between Mr. Avery, Mama, and Big Ma. Cassie believes the night men are coming for her and the other children to punish them for damaging the school bus that carries the white children to school. The children soon learn from T. J. that the night men tarred and feathered Mr. Tatum. Mr. Barnett, the owner of the Mercantile, attempts to charge Mr. Tatum for more than he owes. Since Mr. Tatum disagrees with Mr. Barnett and accuses him of lying, the white men punish him by pouring tar on him and covering him with feathers.

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