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Zora Neale Hurston Primary Sources

Historical documents. What clues can you gather about Zora Neale Hurston, the time, place, players, and culture?

"How It Feels to Be Colored Me"

Hurston's 1928 essay about racial identity.


Hurston's 1939 report from the Florida turpentine camps for the Federal Writer's Project.

"What White Publishers Won't Print"

A 1950 essay in Negro Digest.


A 1926 short story by Hurston.

Mules and Men

The text of Hurston's non-fiction account of Eatonville and New Orleans.

Jump at the Sun

A 1943 letter Hurston wrote to her friend Countee Cullen.

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