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Dust Tracks on a Road

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Transcript of Dust Tracks on a Road

Dust Tracks on a Road
Mihir Desai
Christian Dorado
Robert Sarkissian
Brenda Zepeda
Historical Significance
Time period after slavery
Development of African-American reputation and society
"It was the period when the Negro was in vogue." - Langston Hughes
Published in 1942
Her grandmother knew slavery and feared her granddaughter's brazenness
Harlem Renaissance influenced Zora to write about African American experiences
Took place in Eatonville, Florida (first of all black towns in the US)
Takes place around 1910-1920 time period while she was in fifth grade
Literary Significance
Focuses on the point of view of a bright African-American girl
Her success might allude to her future accomplishments
She is described as intellectually capable (reading fluently)
The descriptions on how everyone was to be on their best behavior when the two white ladies were visiting depicted how the blacks felt the need to prove themselves to the whites
Allusion to Pluto and Persephone
Rise of African-American spirit
Idolizing Hercules
Dust Tracks on a Road
Cultural Significance
Voice and Style
First person and past tense
A personal tone
Vernacular of the time and place
Full of slang
Put readers in the mind of a fifth grader
Meaning and Analysis
Meant to show the discrimination of the African-American race after slavery
We can infer that Zora's love for books was present in her childhood
She cherished the books the women gave her
She showed great curiosity and interest towards the white people
Zora shows great maturity for her age. Ex: open to p.757, last paragraph
Zora Neale Hurston grew up in the deep South where she experienced first-hand the lingering attitudes towards blacks
In the time the story describes, the Harlem Renaissance was in full swing; it was a time of elevating the morale and education of the African-Americans
Hurston was a high achiever and its clear to see the importance that her teacher gave to making her all-black school look presentable for the white folk
The two women who recognized and praised Zora were white themselves; the movements for African-Americans and for women were closely tied together
Women's Rights activists or often supported the black community
Although she did not grow up in Harlem, she was affected by it, for this act by the two women inspired her to read more and ignited her love for writing
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