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What do you think the book title, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry means?

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The title Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the first line of the song of the same title:

Roll of thunder
Hear my cry
Over the water
Bye and bye
Ole man comin'
Down the line
Whip in hand to
Beat me down
But I ain't
Gonna let him
Turn me around.

How you answer the question is up to you because it is asking for you to explain what you think. If you were familiar with the original song, then just hearing the title or the first line should cause you to automatically begin thinking about the rest of the lyrics. By giving the book this title, readers are meant to think about the spiritual song and what it means.

The song talks about an oppressor coming to beat someone down; however, the person being beaten isn't going to cower, run away, and/or stop standing up against injustice. These few lines work as a great summary as to what the Logan family and Mr. Morrison are trying to do. Personally, I feel the book is quite appropriately named.

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