September 18

"Their Eyes Were Watching God" by Zora Neale Hurston published

September 18, 1937

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  • Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"
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    Folklore in Zora Neale Hurston's "Their Eyes Were Watching God"

    Learn how writer Zora Neale Hurston incorporated and transformed black folklife in her novel Their Eyes Were Watching God. By exploring Hurston’s own life history and collection methods, listening to her WPA recordings of folksongs and folktales, and comparing transcribed folk narrative texts with the plot and themes of the novel, students will learn about the crucial role of oral folklore in Hurston’s written work.

English author Dr. Samuel Johnson born

September 18, 1709

Congress passes Fugitive Slave Law

September 18, 1850

Third Lincoln–Douglas debate

September 18, 1858

Booker T. Washington delivers Atlanta Exposition address

September 18, 1895

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  • Martin Puryear's Ladder for Booker T. Washington
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    Martin Puryear's Ladder for Booker T. Washington

    Students examine Martin Puryear’s Ladder for Booker T. Washington and consider how the title of Puryear’s sculpture is reflected in the meanings we can draw from it. They learn about Booker T. Washington’s life and legacy, and through Puryear's ladder, students explore the African American experience from Booker T.'s perspective and apply their knowledge to other groups in U.S. History. They also gain understanding on how a ladder can be a metaphor for a person’s and a group’s progress toward goals.