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ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY CHAPTER NOTES
On Christmas morning each Logan child receives a new book and a sock full of candy. They attend church service, and the Averys join them for dinner. During dinner, little Jeremy Simms pays a visit. He has a bag of nuts for Mama and a handmade flute for Stacey. T.J. goads Stacey about whether he is going to keep the flute, but Stacey doesn’t allow himself to be tricked out of the gift. He doesn’t understand why Jeremy brought them the gifts. Papa has no problem with Stacey and Jeremy being friends, but he warns him that when Jeremy grows up, he will think of himself as a man, and Stacey will still be a “boy” to him.
The day after Christmas, Mr. Jamison visits Big Ma and arranges a transfer of land ownership from her to David and Hammer. Before leaving, Jamison tells that he has heard of attempts to get credit in Vicksburg and offers to back the credit himself for those who wish to shop there. He does this to prevent David from putting his land up as collateral and ultimately losing it. In the following days, Hammer, Papa and Mama visit the houses of the families who said they would consider shopping in Vicksburg. Hammer and David make a two day trip to Vicksburg and return with a wagon-load of store bought goods.
Mr. Granger shows up shortly after the men return from Vicksburg. He makes a lot of thinly veiled threats about having to charge people more of their crops to make up for the lower price of cotton and of getting the Logan land. He says that the bank may call up the mortgage any day, implying that he has a lot of pull in that area as well. He also questions Hammer about his ability to get the fancy car, indirectly accusing him of selling drugs for it. Hammer tells him that he has a man’s job for a man’s wages, and that he doesn’t consider 50 cents a day (the price paid to anyone who works in the Granger fields) worthy of a child’s labor, never mind a man’s.
Big Ma catches Granger off guard when she tells him that the land now belongs to David and Hammer. With Granger regularly harassing her to get her to sell it, the only way she could protect it was to transfer ownership. Granger has already spoken to the bank owner about refusing to honor the loan to “folks who go around stirring up trouble.” The Logan independence is a threat to the Grangers who don’t want to see any real change in the subservient positions in which Blacks are held. . The end of the chapter is a foreshadowing of trouble Mr. Granger has already planned for the Logans.
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