Zora Neale Hurston 's Poem, Sweat, A Story

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Zora Neale Hurston was born on January 07, 1891 in Notasulga, Alabama. Despite her actual birthplace, Hurston often claimed her birthplace to be in Eatonville, Florida. Hurston and her seven siblings were raised in the all Black town of Eatonville where her father was a preacher and mayor. Hurston grew up comfortably, able to bear witness to all aspects of Black life, including what it means to see Black people in power. She was even able to see the ugly side of Black life after the death of her mother. The event of her mother’s death rocked the foundation of Hurston’s family and she soon ventured out on her own. Hurston’s writing career began after she moved to Harlem. While there she co-founded the magazine “Fire!!”, which contained her first play, “Color Struck” and one of her first short stories, “Sweat, A Story”. Through her writing Hurston was able to explore the concept of colorism and Black womanhood that other authors in the magazine may have glossed over. By doing this Hurston was able to dig deep into the very definition of Blackness.This quality gives her work an edge that would have undoubtedly created an upset with the general concept of Alain Locke’s New Negro. Zora Neale Hurston’s upbringing enabled and inspired her to write about the intricacies of Black life beyond the proclamation of the humanity of Black people. In opposition to Alain Locke whose goal was to make the complexity of Black people known, Hurston took the humanity of Black people as a given

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