Why does Harlan Granger want to buy the Logan's land? Why doesnt Big Ma want to sell it to him? What causes Stacey to go to the Wallace's store?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Logan's land had previously belonged to the Granger family until after the Civil War when they "had sold it during Reconstruction to a Yankee for tax money." The Granger family had repurchased most of the land, but Grandpa Logan had bought 200 acres in 1887. Granger primarily wanted the land because he believed it rightly belonged to his family (Reconstruction polices not being particularly poplular with the defeated Southerners), and he probably did not like the idea of Negroes owning it.

The Logans want to hang on to the land at all costs. Once, when Cassie asked Papa why the land was so important,

He took my hand and sid in his quiet way: "Look out there, Cassie girl. All that belongs to you. You ain't never had to live on nobody's place but your own, and as long as I live and the family survives, you'll never have to. That's important. You may not understand than now, but one day you will. Then you'll see."

The Logans may be mistreated in many ways, and they have to deal with racism and night riders, but their land is one thing that they will not allow to be taken from them. And as long as the mortgage and taxes are paid, it will remain Logan land.

Stacey went to the Wallace's store to find T.J., who had gotten Stacy in trouble for cheating earlier at school. T. J. saw that Mrs. Logan was going to catch him using a cheat sheet on a stest, so he slipped the notes onto Stacey's desk. Stacey refused to rat out his friend and took the heat himself. However, he went to the Wallace's to find T. J. and square things.

mkcapen1 | Student

In the book "Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry" Big Mama's, the kids grandmother and family matriarch,' land is everything.  In it is her family's pride. In order to protect the land she puts it in her son's name. The land makes them different; it connects them to something better than anything else.  It is their place to put their feet down. The land is a symbol of power and it keeps them from having to sharecrop for someone else.  The family can not sell the land and become like the other share croppers.  It is theirs and they struggle to pay the notes on it.

The land that the Logans live on once belonged to the ancestors of Mr. Granger and he wants it back.  He is also unhappy about a black family having ownership of the land.   Harlan Granger feels strongly that the land should be under his control the way his grandmother did.( Info. found on page 163) 

Stacy is the older brother in the Logan family.  He is mature for his age and tries to help his father.  Stacy goes to the store to look for his friend T.J.


c2222227 | Student

Harlan Granger wants to buy the land because he is selfish and wants to own everything. Big Ma does not want to sell the land because she wants her and her families freedom. I think Stacey went to the Wallaces store because he thinks he is the man of the house now and can do anything and keep everyone safe.

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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