Everything you need to understand or teach Mules and Men by Zora Neale Hurston.
Zora Neal Hurston says that she is relieved when someone tells her that she should go collect folk stories of the blacks of the Deep South. With a financial backer and an idea of where she wants to travel, she sets out to do just that. Upon arriving in Eatonville, Florida, she tells friends that she's come to record their biggest lies. The stories almost immediately begin to flow and Hurston begins making record of the stories and the storytellers.
Many of the stories focus on the days of slavery when a particular black slave - often named John - manages to outsmart a white master. Other stories explain aspects of everyday life, from the reason the dolphin's fin is "crosswise" to the reason dogs chase rabbits. Still other stories focus on legends. There is the slave with incredible strength who kills the Devil and is then refused...
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