What's the rising action in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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The importance of keeping the ownership of the four hundred acres of Logan family land is central to the rising action (events of the story leading up to the climax) of Mildred Taylor's novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Originally owned by the white Granger family before the Civil War, the acreage, now held by the black Logan family, is still a matter of contention to the wealthy Harlan Granger, present day proprietor of the adjacent land. The Logans' struggles to make ends meet and their mortgage payment each month in Depression era Mississippi, while also avoiding the wrath of the "night riders," culminates in the final chapter.