In what ways do the tactics of the Logan family resemble those of the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s?
The Logan family employs a boycott against the Wallace store, and they are no stranger to Civil Disobedience. Although the word "boycott" is never used in the novel, the campaign to rob the Wallace store of business is certainly a boycott. Because the Wallace brothers killed a black man but went unpunished by the law, the Logan family, with the help of Mr. Jamison organize a boycott. This is as close as they can hope to come to bringing justice to the Wallace family. The phrase "Civil Disobedience" is also never used, but the many times the Logan family bends the rules in order to maintain their dignity, freedom, and welfare are prime examples of breaking the law for a higher good. Thus, the children, break the axle of the school bus that plagues them, and Papa stages a brushfire. Of course, their actions do not have the broad scope, intent, or meaning of those of the nationwide Civil Rights movement, but their inclusion in the novel do indicate Mildred Taylor's influences.