Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Wallaces Character Analysis

There are three Wallace brothers: Kaleb, Thurston, and Dewberry. They are violent, racist white people who own a local general store. Early on in the book, Papa warns his children to avoid the store and even organizes an informal boycott in the community. While not the only antagonists in the novel, they are the most straightforward and active. They are responsible for getting Mama fired from her teaching job, and threaten to kill Mr. Morrison after his brothers are injured in a fight with Papa and Mr. Morrison.

The Wallaces Quotes in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry quotes below are all either spoken by The Wallaces or refer to The Wallaces. 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 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
Explanation and Analysis:

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Chapter 4 Quotes

“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:

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The Wallaces Character Timeline in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

The timeline below shows where the character The Wallaces 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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...trouble by telling his mother that he had gone to the dancing room in the Wallace store. He got out of it by blaming his brother, Claude, instead, and Claude took... (full context)
Chapter 2
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...comment that sounds random to the children: “In this family, we don’t shop at the Wallace store.” He later tells his kids that he doesn’t like the Wallaces, and their store... (full context)
Chapter 4
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...ignores him. T.J. then tries to convince the Logans to go with him to the Wallace store for some dancing, but Stacey refuses that as well. Finally, T.J. starts talking about... (full context)
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...Stacey wouldn’t rat him out, he took the beating. Now T.J. has run into the Wallace store in order to avoid Stacey. (full context)
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Stacey heads for the Wallace store, ignoring Papa’s warnings. The other Logans follow. At the Wallace store, Stacey finds T.J.,... (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 fact that T.J. had been the one cheating on the... (full context)
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...agonizes him. When the Logans leave the house again, Mama tells the children that the Wallaces are responsible for burning the Berrys—that’s why she wants the kids to stay away from... (full context)
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...the drive home, Mama stops to see several other families. She talks about how the Wallace store is a bad influence and gets everyone to agree not to bring their children... (full context)
Chapter 6
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...a long ride in his car, driving to Strawberry and back. He pauses by the Wallace store and says he’d like to burn it down, but Big Ma and Mama hush... (full context)
Chapter 7
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...it could cause trouble, but Mama is indignant. Mama wants to take action against the Wallaces by organizing a boycott, but Papa and Big Ma agree that there’s no way the... (full context)
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The next day, the Logan children receive a whipping for going to the Wallace store. Then the men go to Vicksburg on mysterious business—Mama won’t tell Cassie why—and when... (full context)
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...also warns the Logans that what they’re doing is dangerous because they’re suggesting that the Wallaces should be punished for what they’ve done. Harlan Granger will also use every opportunity he... (full context)
Chapter 8
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...Logan family, saying that they think they’re better than they are. He heads to the Wallace store. Cassie tells the other Logan children to go on, since she has to wait... (full context)
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The next day, one of the Wallace brothers, Kaleb Wallace, and Mr. Granger show up at school to talk to the principal.... (full context)
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...of Stacey’s classmates, tells the Logan children that T.J. was the one who told the Wallaces that Mama destroyed school property and taught things that weren’t in the textbook. T.J. denies... (full context)
Chapter 9
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...Mr. Jamison wanted. Papa pauses before he says that Mr. Jamison overheard one of the Wallaces saying about how he’s going to put a stop to the boycott. Mama is scared... (full context)
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...in the boycott and finds out that only seven of them are still boycotting the Wallace store. Mama says that this isn’t enough to affect the Wallace’s bottom line, just enough... (full context)
Chapter 10
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...morning, even though Papa says that he won’t find any. Papa is furious with the Wallace brothers and says he would like to take a bullwhip to all three of them,... (full context)
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...soon, the Logans and Mr. Morrison are heading back home. However, they run into Kaleb Wallace, who uses his pickup truck to block the road. He threatens Mr. Morrison for what... (full context)
Chapter 11
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...his bedroom window, however, several cars drive up. The cars belong to the Simms, the Wallaces, and several other white men. They accuse T.J. of being a murderer. R.W. and Melvin... (full context)
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...up and asks the men to give T.J. to him and the sheriff, but the Wallaces threaten to hurt Jamison as well if he gets in their way. The crowd wants... (full context)
Chapter 12
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...on them. 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... (full context)
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...the children what happened. When the fire started, Mr. Granger stopped the Simms and the Wallaces from hanging T.J. and instead got everyone to fight the fire. Cassie is suspicious about... (full context)
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...Cassie asks Stacey about what happened. Stacey says that Mr. Jamison tried to stop the Wallaces, but they pushed his car off the road They were about to take off with... (full context)