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Mildred D. Taylor
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The Land (Logans #1)

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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 against ...more
Published (first published November 28th 1974)
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May 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 doe ...more
Jul 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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 goodreads 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 mad
Feb 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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: 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 book.
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 accur
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 h ...more
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Jan 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I actually liked this book. However, I was even more 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 fi
The Land
Midred D. Taylor
375 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 h
Emma Lauren
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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 more 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 c ...more
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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 t
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“So many things are possible as long as you don't know they are impossible.” 852 likes
“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 African Americans, including my family.
I remember the pain.”
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