Zora Neale Hurston Research Paper

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Zora Neale Hurston Born in Notasulga, Alabama on January 7th, 1891, Zora Neale Hurston has inspired many people with her novels which were created during the Harlem Renaissance. She was John and Lucy Hurston’s fifth child of eight. Both her mother and father were former slaves. Zora’s father, John, worked as a carpenter and sharecropper. He was also a preacher for the local Baptist church and would eventually become the mayor of Eatonville, Florida. Her mother, on the other hand, had been a school teacher. Less than a year after Lucy gave birth to Zora, their family moved to Eatonville, Florida. Eatonville is located north of Orlando, Florida. It was primarily an all-black community. In 1904, at the age of thirteen, her mother passed away. Her mother’s death tore her apart mentally – because of this her father removed her from one school and sent her to a boarding school located in Jacksonville, Florida. She would be expelled from this school because her family refused to pay the expensive bill. She would have to go and live with one of her older brothers. While she was away, Zora’s father remarried to a woman named Matte Moge. At the age of sixteen, Hurston left her brother’s house to pursue a career in acting. During the Harlem Renaissance, she began working with…show more content…
She was different from most members of the Harlem Renaissance. She was conservative while most others were extremely liberal. Through her writing she was able to depict how rough life was for people who were African-American, especially during the Great Migration. Many people have considered her to be “The Oprah Winfrey of the Early 1900s.” She protested for racial equality. Her main issue was with segregation in schools. With the help of writers such as Hurston, Hughes, and Mason, others were able to imagine how life was and how it should

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