Daily Archives for: April 22nd, 2017

Crazy for this Democracy — Zora Neale Hurston

“Crazy for this Democracy” is a biting, tongue-in cheek essay by Zora Neale Hurston, first published in The Negro Digest, December, 1945. You can now find it in full in I Love Myself When I Am Laughing: A Zora Neale Hurston Reader.

It was written at a time when, after having served the country overseas to fight tyranny, black servicemen and women returned home to a land where they still didn’t have the basic rights they’d fought for abroad. Segregation was still the rule rather than the exception in education, employment, housing, and more. Here’s a sampling of quotes from this essay: Read More→

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A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1905)

From the 2004 Sterling Publishing edition of A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett:  When Sara Crewe first arrived at her private English boarding school, she was treated like a little princess. The richest and best-dressed girl in the school, she was given the prettiest room, her own pony, a maid to wait on her, and the fawning attention of the headmistress, Miss Minchin.

Then news arrives that changes Sara’s life entirely. No more would Sara have nice things and fancy ways. Now she was compelled to work in the school and live as a servant. Read More→

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