My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I enjoyed this prequel to Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry more than I thought I was going to. The 1800’s have always interested me, most of what I’ve read about and/or from that time has been British but America was going through some ugly, painful times.
Paul Logan is half white, and could almost pass as white. His white father treats him well, despite the social distaste associated with doing so. This treatment means that when he finally strikes out on his own he comes face to face with the harsh reality of being black in the south right after the war. His determination to own land (hence the title) is what motivates him through all the hatred and poor treatment that he encounters.
A great book to discuss American history and see the challenges and hatred newly freed African-Americans faced.