The Land

The Land The son of a prosperous landowner and a former slave Paul Edward Logan is unlike any other boy he knows His white father has acknowledged him and raised him openly something unusual in post Civil War

The son of a prosperous landowner and a former slave, Paul Edward Logan is unlike any other boy he knows His white father has acknowledged him and raised him openly something unusual in post Civil War Georgia But as he grows into a man he learns that life for someone like him is not easy Black people distrust him because he looks white White people discriminate againstThe son of a prosperous landowner and a former slave, Paul Edward Logan is unlike any other boy he knows His white father has acknowledged him and raised him openly something unusual in post Civil War Georgia But as he grows into a man he learns that life for someone like him is not easy Black people distrust him because he looks white White people discriminate against him when they learn of his black heritage Even within his own family he faces betrayal and degradation So at the age of fourteen, he sets out toward the only dream he has ever had to find land every bit as good as his father s, and make it his own Once again inspired by her own history, Ms Taylor brings truth and power to the newest addition to the award winning Logan family stories.

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The Land

  1. Mildred DeLois Taylor is an African American writer known for her works exploring the struggle faced by African American families in the Deep South.Taylor was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but lived there only a short amount of time, then moved to Toledo, Ohio, where she spent most of her childhood She now lives in Colorado with her daughter Many of her works are based on stories of her family that she heard while growing up She has stated that these anecdotes became very clear in her mind, and in fact, once she realized that adults talked about the past, I began to visualize all the family who had once known the land, and I felt as if I knew them, too Taylor has talked about how much history was in the stories some stories took place during times of slavery and some post slavery.Taylor s most famous book is Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry In 1977, the book won the Newbery Medal Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is the middle book, chronologically, in the Logans series that also includes titles such as The Land, Song of the Trees, Let the Circle Be Unbroken, and The Road to Memphis Her collective contributions to children s literature resulted in her being awarded the inaugural NSK Neustadt Prize for Children s Literature in 2003.

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  1. I am not exaggerating when I say this is one of the greatest books ever The Land is about an African American boy named Paul Edward Logan, who lives on his white fathers plantation Paul lives in the time of racism, slaves, and disrespect of black men and women Even his very own father treats him differently than Pauls white brothers he cannot eat at the table when there are guests Nor can he talk to white men the way they treat him Paul begins to realize the truth of it all However, he does not [...]

  2. As a teacher, this book was a fantastic read aloud and excellent for opening discussion about racism and racist language The use of the n word is challenging and but also presents opportunities to discuss the role of language in discrimination and oppression.

  3. Let s just say that I planned on not really enjoying this book Mostly because I hate to say it, but I judged it by its cover and its title I just sort of thought it had little to offer me, a 30 something woman, but I knew that the high rating couldn t be that far off, and so I cracked it open Besides, I had to finish reading it before my students did.It surprised me right off with its story of Paul Edward Logan, son to a white plantation owner and a slave I almost thought I had made an error in [...]

  4. This is a prequel to the famous book Roll of Thunder, Hear my Cry The main character is Paul Edward Logan, the son of a white plantation owner and one of his slaves It deals with Paul Edward in hard situation, like having no friends, because the whites look down at him because he is part black, and the blacks look down on him because they think he thinks he is better than them because he has a white daddy and because his daddy owns all the land they live on It also deals with trusting, and betra [...]

  5. I am a HUUUUUUGE fan of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and think it should at least complement, if not replace, To Kill a Mockingbird in school curricula and here s a terrific read about that very topic the toast 2013 09 09 jaya I was excited to read this book because of my love for Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and because it fit in with my BookRiot Read Harder 2016 Challenge for several reasons one of which being realizing I was reading all White authors Anyway This bookrprised me, on several lev [...]

  6. I was afraid this book would go down the path of so many other historical novels where the tone tends to be preachy or worse white washed This novel, thankfully, is none of that This is the story of Paul Logan, a son of a former slave and white man This story isn t simply about life after the Civil War and the racial conflicts that arose This is Paul Logan s story and the many challenges he faced in order to gain personal achievement Taylor did a wonderful job of weaving in historical accuracy w [...]

  7. This book is a must read as a prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry I m not sure how I came upon this book before I found it sitting on my bookshelf, but I m so glad it s in my possession This book taught me much about family, loyalty, dreams and sacrifice This is a story of a man, Paul Logan, who is both black and white, a dangerous combination back in the late 1800s His white father and brothers, however, treat him like he s no different, but throughout the course of his life, events have a [...]

  8. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this book However, I was even amazed by how much my 8th grade students enjoyed it Not only did Taylor give us a peek into our country s history following the Civil War, but she did so by sharing her own family s experiences of it Right from the beginning of the book she makes us care about Paul Edward and all of those connected to him She hooks the reader in by showing that he is a flawed individual who is continuously trying to figure out [...]

  9. The LandMidred D Taylor375 pgs.Have you ever suffered from identity crisis Have you ever thought am I to call myself black or am I to call myself white Have you ever let society choose your ethnicity for you In the land Paul Edward Logan faced all of these questions Paul suffered from identity crisis all throughout his childhood His mother was a former slave and black and his father was the owner of the planation, the master to the slaves and white Paul himself was born into slavery and he was a [...]

  10. The Land by Mildred D Taylor, was the prequel to the critically acclaimed novel, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry I read Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, when I was very young, eleven years old to be exact, and some of the concepts were much difficult to understand than they are now Therefore, I reread the novel when I was thirteen, and absolutely loved it, and have purchased several novels in this series This, being the prequel, was the story of Cassie s grandfather, and how his story truly came to b [...]

  11. This has to be one of my favourite reads of the year Loved Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry as a child and was excited to hear that this prequel and a couple of sequels existed Thanks to the Read Harder Challenge and the redhead for steering me in the direction of this very fine novel The lead character and narrator is entirely believable and despite his trials and tribulations behaves in a way that is consistent with his character I liked the fact that the good guys don t always win and the bad guy [...]

  12. This book was a very interesting look at a subject in American history that we tend to hush up the relationship between a white slave owner and his slave Although that aspect of history is explored in a few books and gone into here in vague detail, the book s main focus is on the product of that union This is the first book I ve read that deals with that issue I think it does a good job not only of detailing the hardships the mixed race children face, but also the conflicting feelings of each pe [...]

  13. This was one of those books that I wished I had discovered when I was a youth Wonderfully written Wonderful story telling Ms Taylor truly has a gift With black history month right around the corner, it was the perfect book to begin the month When my children are older, they will definitely read this novel.

  14. I enjoyed the first person narrative format of this book and the plot I had read other Taylor books Roll of Thunder, The Well and enjoyed this prequel I m not sure others would like this book as much as I did, but it is worth reading I read via audiobook and the narrator was great.

  15. I like Taylor a whole bunch Her stories come from her own family, and her stories are told with a tenderness and humor Her books are a great way for kids to learn about racism and injustice.

  16. The Land starts during the younger childhood of Paul Edward Logan Paul has lived on his rich white daddy s farm during all of his life His mother who was once a slave to Edward Logan had him and his older sister Cassie Paul s father had 3 other children with a different woman and Paul has been close with his 3 brothers all of his life Through out the book it tells of his hardships of a colored man with an education and a lust for land of his own It also tells of how hard it was to be colored but [...]

  17. This is a Coretta Scott Kind award winning book, and in my opinion deserved it Please note like in the beginning of this book Ms Taylor writes Although there are those who wish to ban my books because I have used language that is painful, I have chosen to use the language that was spoken during the period, for I refuse to whitewash history The language was painful and life was painful for many Africian Americans, including my family So if your teenage child is reading this it may allow you to op [...]

  18. Set in the latter half of the nineteenth century, we follow from childhood to maturity Paul Edward, the son of a Southern white landowner and a black former slave girl Edward Logan had three sons with by his legal wife along with Paul and his sister by the slave girl, but treated all as equal and taught all his children to respect one another But while they grew up together as equals it was gradually made clear that as they grew older and went out into the world things would be different for Pau [...]

  19. The Land is not merely entertainment, but enlightenment I can t believe I ve never read it, but I m glad I did Out of the dozens upon dozens of fiction books I ve read, this one has impacted me the most Perhaps I am just employing hyperbole, but hear me out In a quest to buy his own land, the main character, Paul Logan, experiences incredible pain and miracles He was born in the Deep South immediately after the Civil War, and his greatest struggle arises from his colored skin Even though his fat [...]

  20. As the child of a freed slave and her former owner, Paul Edward lives in two worlds Unlike most children of mixed race, he is acknowledged by his white father and educated Still, he cannot sit at the table when there are guests, and he learns painfully that even his closest brother, Robert, will betray him for white friends Paul is also disliked by many blacks, since he is educated and seems unfairly advantaged His worst black enemy, Mitchell, eventually becomes his best friend, however and one [...]

  21. I think prequels are a little harder to get into than sequels b c you don t know the characters as well but it was nice to get a picture of the obsession for land that Cassie s parents are always talking about in Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry They always talk about how important it is to them and it is in this book that you can really see why because of how hard Paul, Mitchell, and Caroline work for it Not to mention the fact that it was unheard of for coloreds to own land at that point It was in [...]

  22. The Land is a young adult classic that sadly I never encountered in my youth It takes place in a post Civil War South Paul Edward is the son of a former slave owner Unlike most blacks boys, Paul s father acknowledges him, educated him in a time when it was illegal for blacks to have an education and treats him as his own In some ways that sounds wonderful, but in other ways it makes it difficult for Paul to live as a black man even though he can pass for white in the South because he was not ra [...]

  23. This is a prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry and it s SO good It follows a young man, Paul Edward Logan Cassie s grandfather , whose father is a white slave owner and whose mother is half black and half Native American and is his father s ex slave It addresses the issue of women in slavery being obliged to become the lovers of their owners, how mixed race people were not welcome by black people or whites, how the post slavery era didn t mean black people were really free But it approaches t [...]

  24. This book is extremely good, I never put it down for a second It is the prequel to one of my favorite books ever, Roll of thunder, Hear my Cry by Mildred D Taylor The story focuses on Paul Edward Logan, a mulatto slave born who now lives as a free colored person on his father s land with his mother,sister and three white brothers His father and mother knew the consequences that follwed them when his father decided to raise Paul and Cassie as if they were fully white They laerned to read,write, a [...]

  25. Incredible, epic saga of a young man growing up in the South following the Civil War Born to a white plantation owner and one of his slaves, Paul Edward Logan struggles to be accepted by black and white people alike, despite his family and good friend Mitchell by his side He is terribly clever and resourceful, and you will find yourself cheering for him the whole way The supporting characters are all well rounded, realistic sounding people his father, who claims Paul Edward and his sister Cassie [...]

  26. This might just happen to be one of the multitude of books written on the lives of black Americans before and after the Civil Rights Movement and the war And so the title and the cover may suggest an easily predictable story of hardships, suffering, inequality, oppression and injustice in its ugliest form But the book catches the reader by surprise at how much it is about than just that However those were my own preconceived opinions of this book as I finally sat down to read it after having tr [...]

  27. The Land Paul Logan Edward is the son of a white plantation owner and a black mother who is a slave Paul really loves his family and the land his father owns Paul does not fit into either a black or a white world and Paul s father treats him differently than his white brothers This is difficult for Paul He wants to be accepted by friends and family but people put him down Paul leaves home at 14 to follow his dream of owning and farming land like his father s Paul soon understands how difficult i [...]

  28. In the book The Land by Mildred D Taylor, a man named Paul Edward tries to overcome many challenges he faces, from the beginning of the book to the end In the beginning, Paul Edward is very young, about 12 years old and gets whipped by his white father to show that in the real world, white men won t treat him as good as he does Later, his mother dies and keep in mind that his mother is black, so he looks mostly white but you can also see he has some color in him Then, he makes a deal with a man [...]

  29. Paul Edward Logan is the son of a black former slave and her former owner, a white man who raises his two illegitimate children much the same as he does his three sons by his wife He teaches Paul and his sister to read and write, and Paul has a happy life on his father s plantation, spending time with his brothers and his books However, as he gets older, Paul begins to realize that being part black will always make it so he won t be treated the same as the white members of the family Although he [...]

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