The Road That Ran Down The Center Of Eatonville

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The main road that ran down the center of Eatonville was a major transit route for people traveling to and from Orlando and Maitland. This route gave Hurston the opportunity to sit in her yard and watch the “white folks” drive by. There was definitely racial turmoil and segregation in the Central Florida due to Jim Crow laws at the time, however Eatonville was able shield white oppression, to an extent (Tiffany, 36).
Her father, John Hurston, was a jack-of-trades having worked as a carpenter, farmer, pastor and even mayor of Eatonville for three terms. Hurston would write in her autobiography, Dusk tracks on the road, “John Hurston, in his late twenties, had left Macon County, Alabama, because the ordeal of share cropping on a southern Alabama cotton plantation was crushing to his ambition. There was no rise to the thing” (Hurston, 7). Hurston had inherited her strong spirit, stubbornness and ambition from her parents, no doubt.
Her mother, Lucy Potts, wasn’t as outspoken as her father, but she was a major influence in Hurston life. Her wild imagination and free spirit can be attributed to her mother. Lucy was nurturing and kind. She would always encourage her children to “Jump at the sun” because even if they couldn’t reach, at least their feet would leave the ground. It is apparent that Lucy’s encouraging words would help Hurston endure the hard times that would approach life.
Hurston had a very rocky relationship with her father. Perhaps it was because they were so…
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