Zora Neale Hurston Influence

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Of the many people that lived during the 1920s and 1930s there were a small few that became great artists, musicians, and writers. The Harlem Renaissance bloomed new opportunities for many talented people. Many including Zora Neale Hurston was influenced by this post-slavery time period. People of this time shaped their morals and the pathway of which their lives will take. Zora Neale Hurston was an anthropologist, novelist, and a folk artist. She was an advocate for women’s rights and strongly believed in the preservation of the African American culture and heritage. Hurston, with all of her talents and accomplishments inspired so many with her works, even after death.

By the end of the Civil War many African Americans lived in the South and soon moved to the
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Another great accomplishment of Hurston’s was “Their Eyes Were Watching God” which was published in 1937. Hurston studied many different subjects as well, including anthropology, where she wanted to continue to search for African American folktales and wrote about many cultures she learned of. The Harlem Renaissance was filled with the collaboration of legends like Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes. As Rollins would express, “Zora Neale Hurston is considered to be one of the most influential contributors to the Harlem Renaissance period.” (Rollins Pg. 1). Although later in life Hurston’s career began to falter, as she was falsely accused of molesting a ten year old boy. Biography.com reports, “despite being able to prove that she was out of the country at the time of the incident, she suffered greatly from this false accusation.” (Biography.com, Pg. 1). This event caused her work to be less notable and recognized. On the other hand, Zora Neale Hurston continued to inspire many people after her death. Alice Walker continued to speak and advocate for Hurston. She wrote an essay about Hurston and her life