Read: Zora Neale Hurston’s Last Decade

From Oxford University Press:

Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade
Virginia Lynn Moylan
ABSTRACT

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The Saralee Negro doll was created by Sara Lee Creech after she witnessed two young little black girls playing with white dolls outside a Florida post office. Creech wondered why dolls were not being made. Image Credit: Public Domain

This book draws on archival and community census reports, new interviews with Hurston’s contemporaries, numerous correspondence, and diligent research to fill in the missing pieces of Hurston’s life after she returned to Florida following a false child molestation charge in 1948. Included is a summary of the highlights of Hurston’s life and career through 1948, an accounting of the molestation scandal, a fresh and judicious examination and interpretation of her controversial political views, and her involvement with the production of the country’s first anthropologically correct black baby doll. The book also provides a crucial, deft analysis of Hurston’s revisionist views on King Herod the Great and provides new details about the period she lived in Eau Gallie, Belle Glade, and Fort Pierce.

Keywords: Zora Neale Hurston, African American Literature, African American History, Biography, Civil rights, Board v. Brown, Desegregation, Saralee Doll, Herod the Great

Citation

Moylan, Virginia Lynn. Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade. University Press of Florida, 2012. Florida Scholarship Online, 2013. doi: 10.5744/florida/9780813035789.001.0001.

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SARA CREECH AND HER BEAUTIFUL DOLL
Virginia Lynn Moylan
DOI:10.5744/florida/9780813035789.003.0005

This chapter sheds new light on the six months Hurston lived in Belle Glade, Florida, in 1951, her friendship with Sara Lee Creech, and her involvement with the production of the Saralee doll, the first authentic black baby doll to be produced and sold in the U.S.

Keywords: Sara Lee Creech, Saralee doll, African American dolls, Interracial Council, Eleanor Roosevelt, Sheila Burlingame, Dr. Ralph Bunche


 

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Ideal’s Saralee Negro Doll 1951-1953 “An Ambassador of Goodwill”


 

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JOURNAL ARTICLE
Color Matters: The Creation of the Sara Lee Doll
Gordon Patterson
The Florida Historical Quarterly
Vol. 73, No. 2 (Oct., 1994), pp. 147-165

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