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Zora Neale Hurton's Oral History Research: Turpentine

This PowerPoint education by Tatianna McInnis, PhD candidate in English at Vanderbilt, explores Zora Neale Hurston's oral history research in Florida. It also explores classroom applications: A focus on turpentine harvesting in 20th century Florida will allow students to examine Zora Neale Hurston’s work as an anthropologist as well as an author and invites consideration of different fields, including peonage, the Great Depression, etc. as well as economic conditions as they relate to health, race, and literature Students can develop research projects on the Florida turpentine industry through an engagement with resources available in the Florida Memory Archives. This was part of a workshop connecting issues in the African Diaspora in the U.S. to Zora Neale Hurston's work in Latin America.  


Tatianna McInnis


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