Zora Hurston and Langston Hughes both offer their own very different and unique perspective of post slavery life and black culture. I believe the differences can be
attributed to the fact that each were born and raised on opposite sides of the Mason-Dixon line.
Zora Hurston was born in the deep south where racial discrimination and
prejudice was still very much alive, perpetrating poverty and misery for blacks.
Zora refused to see the negative side of life in her community, instead she focused
on the rich heritage of black culture. I found the story “The Eatonville Anthology”
Hughes"tms poetry is a testament to the metaphoric rebirth of the black man and women,no longer were they going to be repressed and cast-aside . to be very funny with it"tms cast of hometown characters . Langston Hughes by comparison was born in Missouri, the grand-son of a militantabolitionist and great-nephew of the first black man to hold a political office. Hurston and Hughes were great friends and even collaborated on a play together, not one of their most successful endeavors. With the end of the Harlem Renaissance, both continued to write, with Hughes having the most success. Langston Hughes wrote right up to the time of his death, inspiring many blacks at the beginning of the civil rights movement. A very unjust endingFor a women credited with contributing so much to her culture. In contrast, the story "How it Feels to Be Colored" let"tms the reader know that blacks were just like everybody else , with their share of joy and sorrow and all of the other emotions in-between, that they to, are , all to human. Zora was able to find humor in the people and everyday activities in her town. Was this because Hugheswas a better writer Or because of the simplistic and sometimes unfavorable way Zora Hurston portrayed blacks, in eyes of black culture. You must know that the majority of their readers were wealthy white people. Instead he writings would showthe world that the black culture was very proud, and had contributed to building and shaping this great country, it wasn"tmt just for the white society. Zora Hurston at the time of her death was penniless and was buried in a unmarked grave in south Florida.