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Dust Tracks on a Road Study Guide & Plot Summary

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This is an autobiography of a highly articulate African-American woman. She is the daughter of the Mayor of an "all Negro" town; this was a political and social intentional experiment. There was support for the endeavor from the white community; the author carefully and honestly acknowledges this. She has two married parents to start out with, but during her childhood her mother dies. When her father remarries, there is a great deal of trouble as her stepmother does not truly embrace the children. The remarriage is destroyed when Zora wins a brawl with her stepmother and to the woman's horror, Zora's father does not intervene. The woman leaves him after that. After this event, the man's children are somewhat scattered, though not entirely lost. They are somewhat forced to make their way prematurely in the world.

Zora is an African-American woman who was born at the very end of the 19th century. She was quite gifted, a talented writer capable of writing stories that others thought impossible due to her racial heritage. Despite this, her financial and familial situations thwarted her progress. She had to leave school and work from age 14 -19 and as a consequence completed secondary school when a grown woman. Her gifts and talents are largely stifled by lack of education for many years, but somehow allies find her and help get her on the road to success. She spends years traveling and chronicling African-American folk-tales. First she heads to Alabama, then to New Orleans, then finally on to Nassau, in the Bahamas. These travels give her broad experience in the many types of trials and travails faced by African-Americans in her era. In spite of this, however, her stories did not tend towards the political in tone. She does give her opinions and feelings about race relations, both within and without the African-American community, but that is not her focus.

This story traces her life from its humble beginnings all the way to her prominence as a figure in the Harlem Renaissance.

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