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Their Eyes Were Watching God Lesson Plan

About the Author

Zora Neale Hurston was one of the great female authors of the Harlem Renaissance, with Their Eyes Were Watching God being her most famous novel.

Hurston was born on January 7, 1891 as the fifth of eight children to John, a carpenter, sharecropper, and Baptist preacher, and Lucy, a former schoolteacher, in Notasulga, Alabama. However, she claims in her autobiography Dust Tracks on a Road that she was born in Eatonville, Florida, where she moved while still a baby. Eatonville was the first incorporated black municipality in the United States. Zora spent the majority of her childhood with her parents and siblings until the heartbreaking death of her mother in 1904, and shortly after...

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