Why is Mr. Jamison in danger from the night men in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?If you could answer that question and another one too: Why is it necessary to the story that Cassie accompany the...

Why is Mr. Jamison in danger from the night men in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

If you could answer that question and another one too:

Why is it necessary to the story that Cassie accompany the boys to T.J.'s house?

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Mr. Jamison is in danger from the night men because he tries to stop them from taking the law into their own hands and lynching T.J.  Mr. Jamison is a just man, and believes that things should be handled according to the law.  Even though he is white, the night men, who are intent on killing the Negro boy who apparently has robbed and injured a white storekeeper and his wife, come very close to enacting their version of vigilante justice on Mr. Jamison as well for interfering with what they plan to do.  The night men angrily tell him,

"Now look here, Mr. Jamison, don't you come messin' in this thing...You do...we just likely to take care of ourselves a nigger lover too tonight".

Fortunately, the men are distracted by the fire in the Logans' field, and Mr. Jamison is saved from harm.

When Stacey determines to help T.J. get home, Cassie insists that she is going too, to "make sure he (gets) back in one piece".  From the standpoint of story structure, it is important that Cassie accompany Stacey.  The story is told from her point of view, and the critical scene at T.J.'s house has much more impact and power because it is described by an eyewitness, Cassie herself, as it unfolds (Chapter 11).

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