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Zora Neale Hurston

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Molly Jackson

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Transcript of Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Hurston
Author, folklorist, & anthropologist
Fixture of the Harlem Renaissance
Attended Howard University & then Barnard College, Columbia University
Received B.A. in anthropology at age 37.
Published over 50 short stories, plays & essays & 4 novels.
Famous Novels:
"Their Eyes Were Watching God"
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Works Cited
"Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive." Zora Neale Hurston Digital Archive. Paul Czech, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2014. <http://chdr.cah.ucf.edu/hurstonarchive/>.
ENotes.com." Enotes.com. Enotes.com, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2014. <http://www.enotes.com/topics/how-it-feels-to-be-colored-me>.
Reuben, Paul P. "Chapter 9: Zora Neale Hurston " PAL: Perspectives in American Literature- A Research and Reference Guide. WWW URL: http://web.csustan.edu/english/reuben/pal/chap9/hurston.html
She was born January 7th in the U.S in Notasulga Alabama

She was born into a big family being 5th out 8 siblings.

Her father was a baptist, preacher, farmer, and carpenter. Also her mom was a schoolteacher.

Her parents and family were raised in the same town, and when she was younger her grandfather was the preacher of the baptist church.

When she was only 3 her family moved from Alabama to Eatonville Florida in 1887. This city was originally one of the first all black towns known in the U.S.

Hurston always said she felt that Eatonville was home to her as she grew up there, and in some cases even claimed it as her birthplace.

Zora Neale Hurston
Zora was the fifth of eight children.
Father, John was a carpenter, sharecropper, and Baptist priest.
Mother, Lucy (who died when Zora was 9), was a schoolteacher.
Eatonville, Florida
Hurston as a young adult
Picture source
Chapter 2 of "
Dust Tracks on a road".
Ten years later her father was elected town mayor and in 1902 he became preacher of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist chruch. The church was the largst in town and gave her father voice of power.
Hurston later refered to Eatonville in her stories as a heaven for African Americans, a place where they could live as desired
In 1904 Hurston's mother died.
Her father remarried almost immediatly, and this was considered as a scandal for a preacher with rumors and signs of an affair .
She was soon sent to a boarding school in Jacksonville Florida, but they stopped paying her tuition, leading her to be expelled.
How it Feels to be Colored Me
John remarried to Mattie Moge
Road to success
Discovers her own identity as a person and finds self-pride.
Discusses the pain discrimination cuased
Uses colorful diction, imagery, and figurative language
Concervative tone
She later began to work as a maid to the lead singer in at the Gilbert & Sullivan theatrical company. In 1917 Hurston qualified for a free education at Morgan College, a high-school division of Morgan State University. Graduating high-school in her twenties in 1918, she began her undergraduate studies at Howard University .
Zora's Type of Writing:
She was famous for her novels, but she wrote many short stories, essays, anthropoliges & folklore, works of plays, and a memoir
In 1925 she was offered scholarships to study in Barnard College, later to graduate as a student in anthropology at Columbia University as the only black student on campus.
Dust Tracks on a Road
An autobiography by Zora published in 1942.
Talked about her life, struggles, family, & education
All De Live Long Day
All African American cast
Struggles of black life
very inspirational message; it touched to hearts of the audience
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