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Just the Facts, Ma'am

About Mildred D. Taylor, that is. Check out the biography, bibliography, and reference materials.

They Like Me! They Really Like Me!

Want to know more about why Taylor wrote Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, and what she hopes readers get out of it? If so, this little acceptance speech at the 1997 ALAN Awards is for you. (The ALAN award is an award given by the National Council of Teachers of English to honor significant contributions to the field of young adult and adolescent literature).

You Folks, Over There

There's lots of information at the Library of Congress Segregation Exhibit about the history of segregation in America.

Who Is This Jim Crow, Anyway?

Here's some background on Jim Crow laws in the American South.

Dates, Dates, Dates

Check out these timelines to help put the novel's events in context.

Not All American Experiences Were Great

Some information on lynching...truly one of the darkest aspects of American history.

Movies and TV

A Major Miniseries

The novel was made into a television min-series in 1978. Bonus: Morgan Freeman played Uncle Hammer.

Articles and Interviews

The Brown Bookshelf

This writer giggles like a schoolgirl because she gets to interview one of her favorite authors. And we don't blame her one bit!

Booklist Interview with Mildred D. Taylor.

This 2001 interview features lots of nifty autobiographical information about the author. It's mostly about Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and its prequel, The Land.

Video

Mildred D. Taylor: In Pictures

A nifty photo montage that presents the author's biography and background on her novels.

TeacherTube Video: Mildred D. Taylor

This short film provides information about Taylor's life and works.

Book Trailer: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

A creative little book trailer that was put together by an anonymous student as a class project.

Audio

Pop in Your Earbuds

Enjoy a reading from Chapter 1 of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.

Images

Put a Face to That Name

Check out a photo of our author. Nice shades!

Can You Judge It?

There are some newer covers out there, but this one's a classic, gold medal and all.

Slavery by a Different Name

Take a look at this archive of 1930s-era photographs of sharecroppers to get a sense of what life might have been like for the novel's characters.

Separate but Not Equal, 1935

Separate and definitely NOT equal.

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