Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

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Stacey Logan Character Analysis

Stacey is Cassie’s older brother. He attends seventh grade, which puts him in the same class his mother teaches. Because his father is often away for work, Stacey feels that he must be the man of the house, which makes him resent Mr. Morrison’s presence at first. By the end of the book, Stacey grows to have a better understanding of many of the harsh realities that come from racism.

Stacey Logan Quotes in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Stacey Logan or refer to Stacey Logan. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
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). Note: all page and citation info for the quotes below refers to the Puffin Books edition of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry published in 1991.
Chapter 1 Quotes

“Shoot,” I mumbled finally, unable to restrain myself from further comment, “it ain’t my fault you gotta be in Mama’s class this year.”

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), Stacey Logan, Mama
Page Number: 4
Explanation and Analysis:

As the novel opens on an October morning in Mississippi, Cassie walks to her first day of school along with her brothers Stacey, Christopher-John, and Little Man (Clayton Chester). Stacey responds to Cassie’s frustration with Little Man’s fastidious ways with irritation of his own, and Cassie attributes Stacey’s foul mood to the fact that he will be in his mother’s schoolroom this year. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry thus begins with a relatively benign issue surrounding family and education: a son is embarrassed to be in his mother’s classroom. Yet, as the narrative continues, the specific lessons which Mama teaches will engage with the broader social issues that circumscribe the novel, and far more difficult situations related to family, independence, and duty will arise.

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Chapter 3 Quotes

“Well, he don’t and you don’t,” Big Ma said, getting up. “So ain’t no use frettin’ ‘bout it. One day you’ll have a plenty of clothes and maybe even a car of yo’ own to ride ‘round in, so don’t you pay no mind to them ignorant white folks.”

Related Characters: Big Ma (speaker), Cassie Logan, Stacey Logan
Related Symbols: Modes of Transportation
Page Number: 45
Explanation and Analysis:

When Little Man returns from school one day, he complains to Big Ma about the soiled state of his clothes, and she exhibits her no-nonsense refusal to coddle her grandchildren, as well as her reliance on hope. She firmly but gently tells Little Man to "pay no mind" to the "ignorant" white individuals who dirty his clothes; she inspires him to instead look towards the future, telling him that "one day" he will have "plenty of clothes." Although Big Ma might not be able to have such hope for herself, she hopes that her grandchildren will have more than they all have now. They may even have additional freedoms that are more difficult to attain than possessions -- like the independence which a car symbolizes. 

Chapter 4 Quotes

“Friends gotta trust each other, Stacey, ‘cause ain’t nothin’ like a true friend.” And with those words of wisdom he left the room, leaving us to wonder how he had managed to slink out of this one.

Related Characters: T.J. Avery (speaker), Stacey Logan
Page Number: 77
Explanation and Analysis:

After the Logan children find T.J. snooping in Mama's room, instead of looking for his cap as he claimed he would be, T.J. claims that he was not looking for the answers to an exam Mama is about to give her class. T.J.'s claim seems dubious; he was, earlier, asking Stacey to find these answer sheets in Mama's materials. Yet the Logan children do not confront T.J. about this incident. T.J. wanders away, after delivering these likely empty words about the importance of friends trusting each other. T.J.'s words, despite their sheen of sentiment, underscore the tenuous and dangerous nature of friendships in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Indeed, friends like T.J. are not to be believed at all.

“Sometimes a person’s gotta fight,” he said slowly. “But that store ain’t the place to be doing it. From what I hear, folks like them Wallaces got no respect at all for colored folks and they just think it’s funny when we fight each other. You mama knowed them Wallaces ain’t good folks, that’s why she don’t want y’all down there, and y’all owe it to her and y’allselves to tell her. But I’m gonna leave it up to y’all to decide.”

Related Characters: L.T. Morrison (speaker), Stacey Logan, Mama, The Wallaces
Page Number: 87
Explanation and Analysis:

After Mr. Morrison catches the Logan children observing Stacey fight T.J. at the Wallace store, a place which Papa has forbidden, Mr. Morrison delivers a powerful lesson. He admits that combat can be necessary in confrontation, and in the face of particularly hostile or overpowering circumstances, "sometimes a person's gotta fight." In addition to this general teaching, though, he specifically disciplines the children for going to the Wallace store. Mr. Morrison does not merely support the previously established rule, but he also explains its purpose; the Wallaces are morally questionable and they openly disrespect black individuals. 

Mr. Morrison also indirectly provides a foil to T.J.'s secrecy, when he explains that he will make the Logan children themselves tell Mama about their journey to the Wallace store. Through his actions, he advocates for honest language and forthcoming behavior, providing yet another way that the Logans can strive to differentiate themselves from secrecy, which so often co-exists alongside racial prejudices and violent acts.

Chapter 10 Quotes

Mr. Morrison lowered his eyes and looked around the room until his gaze rested on the boys and me. “I ain’t ever had no children of my own. I think sometimes if I had, I’d’ve wanted a son and daughter just like you and Mr. Logan…and grandbabies like these babies of yours…”

Related Characters: L.T. Morrison (speaker), Cassie Logan, Stacey Logan, Little Man, Christopher-John Logan, L.T. Morrison
Page Number: 226
Explanation and Analysis:
Kaleb Wallace attempts to use his truck to block Mr. Morrison, as Morrison drives the wagon back to the Logans' house after helping the neighbor Mr. Wiggins sow seeds one day. After Morrison physically moves the Wallaces' truck and begins to depart, Wallace threatens to kills Morrison. Once Mama hears this story, she fears that Morrison will be killed because of his association with her family, and she seems about to ask him to leave them. Desperately, Mr. Morrison asks to stay, and he even reveals that he always wanted children like the Logan children. This scene does not only emphasize Morrison's admirable strength and devotion to the Logan family; it also suggests that Morrison has stayed with the family for much of the narrative because he personally needs to. Even individuals without children of their own might be moved to focus their lives around familial sentiment and dedication; in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, these intimate bonds trump all else.
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Stacey Logan Character Timeline in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Stacey Logan appears in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
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...it’s his first year, but the rest of the Logan children are less than thrilled. Stacey, Cassie’s older brother, is especially grumpy about the fact that his mother will be the... (full context)
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The Logans meet up with Stacey’s friend, T.J. Avery, and his brother, Claude Avery. T.J. tells Stacey to cheer up, hinting... (full context)
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The Logans—other than Stacey—don’t like T.J. very much. He reveals that Cassie almost got him in trouble by telling... (full context)
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Stacey tells everyone to get off the road quickly, and everyone except for Little Man scrambles... (full context)
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A white boy named Jeremy approaches the group and greets Stacey shyly. There’s a bit of an awkward silence, and the conversation reveals that school has... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...They climb onto the bank, but it turns out it’s just Harlan Granger’s car going past—Stacey suggests waiting for the bus to pass as well, since they’re already on the bank,... (full context)
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Jeremy Simms sees the Logans coming and tries to greet them, but Stacey takes his anger out on him. Jeremy stammers that he likes the Logans, but they... (full context)
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Stacey tells his siblings to meet him at the toolshed at noon, as he has a... (full context)
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...school’s bus driver, which convinces Cassie that the night men are coming after the Logans. Stacey tells the rest of them that they can’t ever tell anybody else about the bus... (full context)
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...enters the room. Big Ma starts searching for something under the bed, and Cassie hears Stacey ask Mama if he can help with whatever’s the matter. Mama thanks Stacey but sends... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...out of doing chores for the family. The boys listen listlessly. T.J. tries to convince Stacey to steal answers from his mother for the upcoming test, but Stacey ignores him. T.J.... (full context)
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...if they can visit Mr. Morrison in the shed out back where he lives. But Stacey remains aloof. It turns out that he thinks he can handle the family responsibility himself,... (full context)
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...next day, T.J. brags that he’s made a cheat sheet for Mama’s test. However, when Stacey sees the paper, he rips the answers in half. When school lets out for the... (full context)
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Stacey heads for the Wallace store, ignoring Papa’s warnings. The other Logans follow. At the Wallace... (full context)
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When Mama comes home, Stacey tells her about his fight with T.J. at the Wallace store. He doesn’t mention the... (full context)
Chapter 5
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One morning, Big Ma wakes Cassie before dawn and tells her that she and Stacey can accompany her to the market in Strawberry. Cassie’s excited because it’ll be her first... (full context)
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T.J. suggests that they go to the country store now, but Stacey says that Big Ma wanted to go with them. T.J. insists that they’d be doing... (full context)
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...dismisses her, she loses her temper. Mr. Barnett kicks her out of the store with Stacey. Stacey goes to see what’s keeping Big Ma at Mr. Jamison’s, but Cassie wanders along... (full context)
Chapter 6
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At home, Stacey tells Cassie not to blame Big Ma for what happened. Stacey says that there are... (full context)
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...he’s determined to confront Charlie Simms, and he says he has a gun. Mama sends Stacey to find Mr. Morrison. Just as Uncle Hammer starts the car, Mr. Morrison jumps into... (full context)
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...Afterwards, while the kids are waiting for Uncle Hammer and Big Ma to get ready, Stacey informs the others that nothing happened with Mr. Simms—Mr. Morrison talked to Uncle Hammer all... (full context)
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Before the family heads out for church, Uncle Hammer notices the sad state of Stacey’s coat, and he decides to give Stacey his Christmas present early. It turns out to... (full context)
Chapter 7
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Mama asks Stacey to bring her his coat so that she can take up the sleeves for him,... (full context)
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...He’s brought a bag of nuts for the family and a handmade wooden flute for Stacey. Stacey accepts it hesitantly. Papa tells Jeremy that he better go home before his dad... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Logan children don’t understand what Cassie’s doing, but when Little Man threatens to tell Mama, Stacey stops him. He says that whatever’s going on is between Cassie and Lillian Jean and... (full context)
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Little Willie Wiggins, one of Stacey’s classmates, tells the Logan children that T.J. was the one who told the Wallaces that... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...says he’ll be lonely without them, and he doesn’t much like his brothers and sister. Stacey finds it a little shocking that a person wouldn’t like his own kin, but Cassie... (full context)
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...while for things to cool down a bit, but Papa refuses. He wants to bring Stacey with him so that Stacey can learn a bit about conducting business—he doesn’t want Stacey... (full context)
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...to meet the men. Mr. Morrison is carrying Papa in his arms, and he sends Stacey inside first. Mr. Morrison says that the wagon rolled over onto Papa’s leg, but he... (full context)
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Later on, the children hear the story from Stacey: when they were returning from Vicksburg, someone had sabotaged their wagon and the wheels came... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...recently. Jeremy offers to take the Logans to see the tree house he built, but Stacey refuses. At first, Jeremy is hurt by his cold manner, but then he brightly offers... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...R.W. and Melvin beat him after he threated to tell what had happened. He asks Stacey to help him get home, but Stacey wants to hear what happened first. (full context)
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...Morrison be hanged as well. Cassie, Christopher-John, and Little Man run to tell Papa while Stacey watches to see where the white men take T.J. (full context)
Chapter 12
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...story, starting with the story T.J. told them. Papa decides he has to go get Stacey, and he grabs a gun, but Mama tries to stop him, saying it’ll get him... (full context)
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...He says that everyone’s fighting the fire still: the Simms, Mr. Granger, the Wallaces, Papa, Stacey, everyone. As Jeremy turns to leave, rain starts to fall, and the children cheer. (full context)
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Before they go to bed, Cassie asks Stacey about what happened. Stacey says that Mr. Jamison tried to stop the Wallaces, but they... (full context)
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Mr. Jamison leaves, and Papa tells Cassie and Stacey that T.J.’s in jail now, awaiting a severe punishment, possibly death. Stacey runs away at... (full context)