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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

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Why is the name of the white school and its flag significant in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry?

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Set in the spring of 1931, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry tells the story of the African-American Logan family and their life in the white world of rural Mississippi. The Logans attend the all-black Great Faith Elementary and Secondary school. It is second-class in every way compared to the all-white Jefferson Davis County School--named after the long-time Mississippi resident and President of the Confederate States of America. In the center of the school's front lawn, 

waving red, white and blue with the emblem of the Confederacy emblazoned in its upper left-hand corner, was the Mississippi flag. Directly below it was the American flag. 

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