Hurston was a precocious child who developed a love of books after receiving several from white benefactors at her school, and she reveled in the rich oral culture and folklore to which she was exposed on the front porch of the town store.
Hurston was sent home after John Hurston asked the school to adopt her.
In Chapter 8, Hurston describes a difficult five-year period during which she lived apart from her father because of her stepmother’s dislike of Lucy Potts Hurston’s children.
She feels it is best to ignore both extremes and instead focus on work and looking toward the future in both her life and the realm of race relations.
Hurston’s account of her life is delivered in a folksy voice that is liberally sprinkled with references and diction from African-American folk culture and the writing of the Romantics.
Hurston eventually headed to New York, where she attended Barnard College, the women’s university that was associated with Columbia College. In Chapter 10, Hurston describes her work in anthropology under Franz Boas.
Hurston also struck up an association with Charlotte Osgood Mason, a demanding philanthropist who funded some of Hurston’s research on folklore in Florida.Super Summary, a modern alternative to Spark Notes and Cliffs Notes, offers high-quality study guides for challenging works of literature.This 59-page guide for “Dust Tracks on a Road” by Zora Neale Hurston includes detailed chapter summaries and analysis covering 16 chapters, as well as several more in-depth sections of expert-written literary analysis.For the first time, Hurston was forced to function in a racially-segregated environment.In Chapter 7, Hurston describes how her situation worsened when her sister returned home and her father, John Hurston, failed to pay Hurston’s tuition, which led to the administration putting her to work cleaning.In Chapter 12, Hurston offers her take on race and racial relations in the United States.Hurston argues that the notion of an African-American racial identity is too simplistic to embrace the various classes and individual characteristics of specific African Americans.Hurston maintained a relationship with this man until she was 10.In Chapters 4 and 5, Hurston describes the landscape and culture of Eatonville.Hurston’s life was marred somewhat by her father’s frequent outbursts of temper and repressive personality, but her mother doted on her and encouraged her to be ambitious.When Hurston was 9, she had a series of visions that foretold tragedy, homelessness, and becoming an orphanage. John Hurston sent Hurston to school in Jacksonville with her sister, Sarah; he remarried shortly thereafter.