Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Cassie Logan Character Analysis

Cassie, who attends fourth grade at a black school in the South, narrates the story in first person. Through her eyes, the reader sees the injustices of racism firsthand. Cassie has a short temper and has trouble keeping her thoughts to herself, which sometimes gets her and her family into trouble.

Cassie Logan Quotes in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry quotes below are all either spoken by Cassie Logan or refer to Cassie 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 numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer 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
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Once our land had been Granger land too, but the Grangers had sold it during Reconstruction to a Yankee for tax money. In 1887, when the land was up for sell again, Grandpa had bought two hundred acres of it, and in 1918, after the first two hundred acres had been paid off, he had bought another two hundred…But there was a mortgage on the two hundred acres bought in 1918 and there were taxes on the full four hundred, and for the past three years there had not been enough money from the cotton to pay both and live on too.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), Harlan Granger
Related Symbols: Land
Page Number: 6
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I asked him once why he had to go away, why the land was so important. He took my hand and said 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 long as I live and the family survives, you’ll never have to. That’s important. You may not understand that now, but one day you will. Then you’ll see.”

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), Papa (speaker)
Related Symbols: Land
Page Number: 7
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[Little Man] ran frantically along the road looking for a foothold and, finding one, hopped onto the bank, but not before the bus had sped past enveloping him in a scarlet haze while laughing white faces pressed against the bus windows.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), Little Man
Related Symbols: Modes of Transportation
Page Number: 13
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The Great Faith Elementary and Secondary School, one of the largest black schools in the county, was a dismal end to an hour’s journey. Consisting of four weather-beaten wooden houses on stilts of brick, 320 students, seven teachers, a principal, a caretaker, and the caretaker’s cow, which kept the wide crabgrass lawn sufficiently clipped in spring and summer, the school was located near three plantations, the largest and closest by far being the Granger plantation.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker)
Page Number: 15
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Chapter 2 Quotes

Papa sat very quietly while the Laniers and the Averys talked, studying them with serious eyes. Finally, he took the pipe from his mouth and made a statement that seemed to the boys and me to be totally disconnected with the conversation. “In this family, we don’t shop at the Wallace store.”

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), Papa (speaker), The Wallaces, Mr. Avery, Mr. Lanier
Page Number: 40
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Chapter 3 Quotes

By the end of October the rain had come, falling heavily upon the six-inch layer of dust which had had its own way for more than two months. At first the rain had merely splotched the dust, which seemed to be rejoicing in its own resiliency…but eventually the dust was forced to surrender to the mastery of the rain and it churned into a fine red mud that oozed between our toes and slopped against our ankles as we marched miserably to and from school.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker)
Related Symbols: Weather, Modes of Transportation
Page Number: 42
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Knowing that the bus driver liked to entertain his passengers by sending us slipping along the road to the almost inaccessible forest banks washed to a smooth baldness…we consequently found ourselves comical objects to cruel eyes that gave no thought to our misery.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker)
Related Symbols: Modes of Transportation
Page Number: 43
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“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
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Chapter 4 Quotes

“See, fellows, there’s a system to getting out of work,” T.J. was expounding as I sat down. “Jus’ don’t be ‘round when it’s got to be done. Only thing is, you can’t let your folks know that’s what you’re doin’.”

Related Characters: T.J. Avery (speaker), Cassie Logan
Page Number: 72
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Chapter 7 Quotes

And in the fireplace itself, in a black pan set on a high wire rack, peanuts roasted over the hickory fire as the waning light of day swiftly deepened into a fine velvet night speckled with white forerunners of a coming snow, and the warm sound of husky voices and rising laughter mingled in tales of sorrow and happiness and days past but not forgotten.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker)
Related Symbols: Weather
Page Number: 146
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Chapter 9 Quotes

“You see that fig tree over yonder, Cassie? Them other trees all around…that oak and walnut, they’re a lot bigger and they take up more room and give so much shade they almost overshadow that little ole fig. But that fig’s got roots that run deep, and it belongs in that yard as much as that oak and walnut…It don’t give up. It give up, it’ll die. There’s a lesson to be learned from that little tree, Cassie girl, ‘cause we’re like it. We keep doing what we gotta, and we don’t give up. We can’t.”

Related Characters: Papa (speaker), Cassie Logan
Page Number: 205
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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
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Chapter 12 Quotes

What had happened to T.J. in the night I did not understand, but I knew that it would not pass. And I cried for those things which had happened in the night and would not pass.
I cried for T.J. For T.J. and the land.

Related Characters: Cassie Logan (speaker), T.J. Avery
Related Symbols: Land
Page Number: 276
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Cassie Logan Character Timeline in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The timeline below shows where the character Cassie 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 1933, and the Logans are walking to class on their first day of school. Cassie tries to get her younger brother Little Man to walk faster, but he doesn’t want... (full context)
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A long time ago, Cassie’s grandfather purchased 400 acres of land from Harlan Granger’s family, which allows the Logan family... (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 his mother that he had gone to the... (full context)
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...kids drop out of school entirely in order to help their parents work the fields. Cassie observes the students around her, who are wearing their Sunday best, even though all their... (full context)
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Cassie heads into the fourth grade classroom, which the fourth graders currently share with the first... (full context)
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...and sees what’s written inside, he throws his book down and begins stomping on it. Cassie flips open her own copy and sees that there’s a record of who the book... (full context)
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Cassie tries to explain to Miss Crocker that Little Man is upset because of the chart,... (full context)
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Cassie tries to tell her mother about the incident when class lets out, but Miss Crocker... (full context)
Chapter 2
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Cassie and her brothers are helping the family pick cotton on the farm when she spots... (full context)
Chapter 3
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...out on him. Jeremy stammers that he likes the Logans, but they all ignore him. Cassie realizes that Jeremy never rides the bus either, no matter how bad the weather is. (full context)
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...and Big Ma look scared and send the children to bed, despite the children’s protests. Cassie sneaks into the boys’ room so that she can eavesdrop on the conversation with them.... (full context)
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Cassie returns to her room and pretends to sleep as Big Ma enters the room. Big... (full context)
Chapter 4
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Cassie is helping Big Ma churn butter one morning, and she overhears Big Ma and Mama... (full context)
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Cassie and her younger brothers, Christopher-John and Little Man, take to Mr. Morrison immediately, asking Mama... (full context)
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...the paper, he rips the answers in half. When school lets out for the day, Cassie and her brothers wait for Stacey and T.J. to come out of the classroom. Suddenly,... (full context)
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...fight. However, before the fight gets very serious, Mr. Morrison appears and breaks it up. Cassie explains the situation to Mr. Morrison on the way home, and Mr. Morrison says that... (full context)
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...the Logan land back again. Big Ma walks to the forest across the road, and Cassie follows her to a clearing where many of the trees were cut down by white... (full context)
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Big Ma also talks about having six children with Cassie’s grandfather, but only two are still alive: Cassie’s dad and her Uncle Hammer. Big Ma... (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... (full context)
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Cassie is disappointed when they arrive in Strawberry—the town is much more rundown than she imagined.... (full context)
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...and she instructs the children to wait for her while she finishes up some business. Cassie likes Mr. Jamison—he’s the only white man who calls Mama and Big Ma “Missus,” and... (full context)
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When Mr. Barnett is interrupted again by a white child who’s no bigger than Cassie, however, she gets really angry. At first she tries to politely remind Mr. Barnett that... (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 some things... (full context)
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Uncle Hammer asks Cassie about her first trip to Strawberry, but Big Ma tries to interrupt and keep Cassie... (full context)
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Cassie says she hopes that Uncle Hammer will knock some sense into Mr. Simms, but Mama... (full context)
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Cassie begins to understand why their skin color causes people to treat them differently. Mama says... (full context)
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...at the table eating breakfast and look like they haven’t slept all night. Mama tells Cassie that Uncle Hammer will be driving everyone to church in his new car, and Cassie... (full context)
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...get there, T.J. makes fun of Stacey’s coat, saying he looks like a fat preacher. Cassie tells Stacey that T.J.’s just jealous, but Stacey still sulks about it later. (full context)
Chapter 7
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...let them. Meanwhile, T.J. has been bragging about his new coat all the time, and Cassie is sick of it. She decides to take revenge on T.J. and on Lillian Jean,... (full context)
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On the day before Christmas, Cassie wakes up to find that Papa has returned for Christmas. In the evening, all the... (full context)
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Cassie has trouble sleeping after hearing this story, and she wakes up in the middle of... (full context)
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...home before his dad starts looking for him, and Jeremy agrees and starts to leave. Cassie wishes him a merry Christmas before he goes, and Jeremy seems pleased. Afterwards, T.J. tells... (full context)
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...to the Wallace store. Then the men go to Vicksburg on mysterious business—Mama won’t tell Cassie why—and when they return, Mr. Jamison comes over. He brings a fruitcake and lemon drops... (full context)
Chapter 8
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Cassie finds Lillian Jean on the walk to school and offers to carry her books for... (full context)
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One day after Uncle Hammer goes back North, Papa has a talk with Cassie in the forest. He explains that there are a lot of things she’ll have to... (full context)
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For the entire month, Cassie acts like Lillian Jean’s slave, carrying her books and absorbing the gossip Lillian Jean tells... (full context)
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When Lillian Jean gets there, Cassie takes her books and tells her that she has a surprise for Lillian Jean in... (full context)
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...brothers, Kaleb Wallace, and Mr. Granger show up at school to talk to the principal. Cassie sees them arrive through the window and tells her teacher that she has to go... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Stacey finds it a little shocking that a person wouldn’t like his own kin, but Cassie says she doesn’t blame him—she doesn’t like the other Simms either. Jeremy reveals that his... (full context)
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Cassie asks Mama later why the older Simms boys hang around T.J., and Mama says that... (full context)
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After school lets out, Papa still hasn’t gone back to the railroad. Cassie hopes that he won’t go back at all, but on the following Sunday, Papa says... (full context)
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Later in the night, Cassie eavesdrops on her parents and hears that Papa plans to go to Vicksburg the next... (full context)
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...as scheduled, and the entire family gets worried. Mama sends the children to bed, but Cassie gets up later and watches as Mama and Big Ma wait for the men. Mama... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...a week later, Papa is finally sitting up out of bed for the first time. Cassie overhears her parents talking about the family’s finances—they’re going to have to stretch what they... (full context)
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Cassie hears Mr. Morrison coming up the drive and runs out to meet him. He says... (full context)
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...some people in town are glad Papa’s still hurt and can’t work at the railroad. Cassie is furious. Jeremy reports that T.J. is still hanging out with his older brothers too,... (full context)
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...to talk to his old friends, but everyone ignores him, and they head to service. Cassie looks back as she walks away, and she almost feels sorry for T.J. because he... (full context)
Chapter 11
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Cassie is in bed, listening to Mr. Morrison singing a spiritual that begins with “Roll of... (full context)
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...on the road, and they suggest that Papa and Mr. Morrison be hanged as well. Cassie, Christopher-John, and Little Man run to tell Papa while Stacey watches to see where the... (full context)
Chapter 12
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When Cassie and her brothers get home, the adults are already awake and furious to find the... (full context)
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Soon, Big Ma, Mama, Cassie and her brothers smell fire. The land and the cotton are burning, and Big Ma... (full context)
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Cassie and Little Man go out to survey the damage at dawn, but Christopher-John refuses to... (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,... (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... (full context)