The Course

History of the South (Fall 2010)

Combining Zora Neale Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee with historical documents, Strom led students in differentiating a fictionalized account from historical reality. Through the layered reading of Hurston’s novel, students examined issues of sexuality, environment, work, and family within the Florida cracker culture in the early 1900s.

Blog: History in Fact and Fiction: Hurston’s Seraph on the Suwanee

As a Result of This Course…

Three of Strom’s students—Matt St. Jean (Class of 2011), Sebastian Novak (Class of 2012), and Carlee Hoffmann (Class of 2013)—presented papers at the Phi Alpha Theta regional conference at Flagler College. St. Jean and Novak presented on key information about the levels of accuracy in Hurston’s novel regarding the production of citrus and turpentine in Florida during the early 20th century. Hoffman presented on the portrayal of middle-class white women in Seraph on the Suwanee compared to actual women living at the time. More…

About Claire Strom, Ph.D.

An agricultural and southern historian who specializes in the southern yeoman farmer, Rapetti-Trunzo Professor of History Claire Strom teaches classes on various aspects of American history. More…

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