The work has a significant legacy in African-American literature and anthropology. Franz Boas, her academic mentor and the writer of the book's preface, and the father of American anthropology, wrote that "It is the great merit of Miss Hurston's work that she entered into the homely life of the southern Negro" with the "charm of a loveable personality and of a revealing style."
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