The Civil Rights Movement: Zora Neale Hurston

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The Civil Rights era was a movement where African Americans eliminated segregation and gained equal rights. Many African Americans were dedicated to improving the social, economic, and political conditions of the African American community during the Civil Rights era. These African Americans may be considered heroes to many different individuals. Among these heroes, is Zora Neale Hurston, an anthropologist and an author. Zora Neale Hurston had an intriguing childhood and struggled to get an education, had numerous accomplishments, and has helped improved the African American community in quite a few ways. Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama, but grew up in Eatonville, Florida since she moved there as a toddler.…show more content…
Her family lived in a house with five acres of land filled with beautiful tropical trees. Her place was swarmed with noisy children. Her childhood demonstrates that she had a wonderful childhood. The early childhood years of a person usually influences his or her’s later life. There were good times and bad times in her life. A devastating event happened when Hurston was just thirteen years old; her mother passed away. Her father, without delay, remarried her stepmother. Hurston and her stepmother did not get along, and Hurston was no longer close with her father. By the age of fourteen, Hurston was on her own. This implies that life must have gotten much more difficult after her mother had died. Over the course of the next few years, Zora Neale Hurston lived moved around from family members to other family members. She did not have a stable place to grow up in her teen years. Hurston had to support and finance herself in order to get an education. She did not finish high school when she was supposed to. At the age of twenty-six, she still did not earn her high school diploma. In order to get a free education in Maryland, Hurston had to lie about her…show more content…
Her most important folklore collection is called “Mules and Men,” published in 1935. Franz Boas provided a remarkable introduction to this book. Critics argued that her book only focused on the positive aspects of African American life. Beliefs and culture that informed the lives of working

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