How does the author show us the importance of family in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by contrasting families? 

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The Logan and Wallace family can be contrasted.

The Logans and the Wallaces are two contrasted familes.  Besides the fact that the Logans are balck and the Wallaces are white, there are many differneces.  The Logans are a close-knit family and the children get along, and the Wallaces are trouble makers and not all family members agree.

Papa explains to Cassie that the Logans have something most other families don’t.

You ain’t never had to live on nobody’s place but your own and long as I live and the family survives, you’ll never have to. That’s important. You may not understand that now, but one day you will. Then you’ll see.” (ch 1)

The Logan family tries to stick together.  The children are usually together, for better or for worse.  Through Jeremy Wallace, they see that not all families are as close-knit as theirs.  When Jeremy tells Cassie and Stacey that he is lonely, they are surprised.

What you saying?” asked Stacey. “You can’t not like your own sister and brothers.” (ch 7)

Jeremy explains that he does not approve of the way his older brothers treat T.J., and he seems to know that they are up to no good.  They pretend to be his friend, but make fun of him when he is not there.

The closeness of the Logan family gives them strength in times of trouble, and helps them overcome whatever turmoil they get thrown into. 

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