What is the turning point of the story Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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brendawm eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The turning point is basically like the climax when T. J. Avery becomes involved in a robbery and assault with two white boys he considers friends. The boys go too far, and when T. J. tries to get out of it, he is beaten up by his so-called "friends" , who wear masks to conceal their identity.  The blame for the robbery falls onto T. J.causing a group of angry white men to attack the  Avery house intent on hanging T. J.  David Logan, Cassie's father, determined to stop them, sets his own cotton on fire to distract the landowners and prevent the hanging.

Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say a major turning point is when black and white people work together to put out the fire. The whites, of course, are the same people who had threated the lives and businesses of the blacks, but under these dire circumstances, they come together for the common good of the community.  It shows that racial harmony is not just a dream, but a real possibility. 

kristineuton | Student

I would say the major turning point (climax) of the novel occurs when Papa starts the fire that essentially forces the black and white people to actually work together for the first time in the novel. Papa knew that TJ was in trouble, and Papa feared for TJ's life, knowing that the men would kill him if given the opportunity. He started the fire to steer the attention away from TJ. Because the white men were scared the fire would spread to their land and destroy the cotton crop, they were forced to work together to put an end to the fire. Papa's plan worked, and TJ's life was spared at that time.