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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literary and Philosophical References

Historical References

  • Jefferson Davis (multiple references from 1.89)
  • Confederacy (1.89)
  • Yankee (1.14, 4.220, 4.225, 6.156, 7.185)
  • Shantytown (7.43)
  • Free Negroes (7.43)
  • Night men (multiple references from 3.153)
  • Carpetbaggers (7.185)

Pop Culture References

  • Ford Model-T (2.55)
  • Packard car (multiple references from 3.27)

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