WPA recordings featuring Zora Neale Hurston

Date: 1935

Source: S1576 , Container 16 , C85-18, C87-24*

Type: Sound

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  • Bella Mina
  • Gonna See My Long Haired Baby
  • Lets Shake It
  • Dat Old Black Gal
  • Shove it Over
  • Mule on the Mountain
  • Let the Deal Go Down
  • Uncle Bud
  • The Burford Boat Done Come
  • Ever Been Down
  • Halimuhfack
  • Tampa
  • Poor Gal
  • Mama Dont Want No Peas, No Rice
  • Crow Dance
  • Wake Up Jacob
  • Oh Mr. Brown
  • Tilly, Lend Me Your Pigeon

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  • One audio cassette. (Also on C87-24.) Compilation of all of the Zora Neale Hurston-related WPA recordings. The originals are housed at the Library of Congress. She worked for the WPA in 1935 and in 1939. Zora Neale Hurston was a major literary figure, known as one of the nation's preeminent African American writers, with such titles as Their Eyes Were Watching God. She was from Eatonville, and had studied anthropology under Franz Boaz. In 1959, after suffering a stroke, Hurston was forced to enter a welfare home where she died in 1960. She was buried in an unmarked grave and her work languished in relative obscurity until 1975, when famed novelist Alice Walker published the article "In Search of Zora Neale Hurston" in Ms. magazine. For more on Hurston, see the FloridaMemory web page: http://www.floridamemory.com/OnlineClassroom/zora_hurston/

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