What were the sharcroppers' concerns about shopping in Vicksburg?This is from Chapter 4. Plzzzzzzz help!

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The sharecroppers in the novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, have several reasons for not wanting to shop in Vicksburg. Despite the "low-down" Wallace's hatred of blacks, "it ain't easy jus' to stop shoppin' there." Mr. Turner has credit at the Wallace store; he can charge his goods until cotton-picking time and then have his total taken out of the sale. In Vicksburg, he would have to pay in cash. Additionally, the long trek to Vicksburg was not acceptable to old Mr. Turner. "Lord, Miz Logan... That's an overnight journey in a wagon down there and back." It's too long of a trip for someone so old.

mkcapen1 | Student

The sharecroppers had some very real concerns about not shopping at the Wallace's store.  The Wallaces were the racists that hated and harmed black people.  After the children were at the store and he boy get into a fight outside of the store, their mother takes them to the Berry's home.  Mr. Berry has been badly burned and no longer has a nose.  Mr. Berry can not speak since the fire either.

The children are confused as to why their mother had taken them to visit.  When they leave their mother explains to them that the Wallaces had poured kerosene over Mr. Berry and and 2 of his nephews and lit them on fire.  One of the boys had died.  The other child is as bad off as Mr. Berry.

Their mother wants them to understand that the Wallaces are bad people and do not want their children near them. 

(Pages 97 and 98, Chapter 4)


kokopuffs | Student

but I meant like why doesn't mr. moe want to shop at vicks?


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