This is the total number of incidents in this 210 pages book.
*As personal standards vary, please see the breakdown to determine what matters to you.
Author: Mildred D. Taylor
Key Words: Fiction, Coming of Age, Racism, Prejudice, Newbery Medal Winner
With the land to hold them together, nothing can tear the Logans apart. Why is the land so important to Cassie's family? It takes the events of one turbulent year - the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black - to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family's lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans possess something no one can take away.
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Making Out/Sex - 5 Incidents
A husband kisses his wife.
“Some white woman done accused them of molestin’ her.”
A woman fighting to not get molested and mentions “breeded stock” (breeding slaves).
“Making advances to a white woman.”
A girl tells “even a tidbit or two about her elder brothers’ romantic adventures.”
Miscellaneous - 9 Incidents
A girl dusts her bottom off.
A girl’s bottom stings as she thinks about the trouble she’ll be in.
“And what few clothes I needs to keep my children from runnin’ plumb naked.”
A girl lands bottom first on the ground.
“If T.J. told you it was summertime out there and you should run buck naked down the road because everybody else was doing it, you’d do that too, huh?”
“Papa’s bottom-warming whippings were quite enough.”
“I punched her in the stomach and buttocks.”
“Teenagers courted openly.”
Violence - 3 Incidents
Several people were viciously burnt.
A man is tarred and feathered.
A man’s burn wounds are described.
Mild Obscenities & Substitutions - 23 Incidents
shoot, shut up, devilish, what the devil
Scatological Terms - 1 Incident
Bl**dy (as in lots of blood)
Religious Profanities - 20 Incidents
Lord have mercy, Lord, holy smokes, Lord a'mighty, doggone, pray to God, Oh good Lord
Derogatory Terms - 20 Incidents
nigra, nigger, Negro, Negroes, niggers
Conversation Topics - 8 Incidents
This book deals with racism, learning how to cope/handle issues when your world view does not match others, revenge, and bad company corrupts good character.
There is a place in town that has a bad reputation for dancing and drinking and the children in the story are forbidden from going there. Mentioned several times throughout the book.
A boy is beaten (presumably by his father) for hanging out with some black children.
“White men come up messin’ with them -been drinkin’, you know. And Henrietta heard ‘em say, ‘That’s the nigger Sallie Ann said was flirtin’ with her.’”
The father smokes a pipe.
Bad company corrupts ([Spoiler Alert: In the end T.J. hangs out with two bad teens and gets mixed up in a murder with them. Although he didn’t do the actual killing, the two teens pin the entire thing on him. The book ends on this note - a very sober look at choosing your friends wisely.).
A boy goes to the dancing hall against his parent’s wishes in order to beat up someone hiding there.
Someone teases about “bootlegging whiskey.”