History

Their Eyes Were Watching Movies

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In 1928 Zora Neale Hurston, a novelist and anthropologist with a strong libertarian streak, shot 15 reels of film in southern black communities. The original plan was to turn the footage into a full-fledged documentary; that never happened, but some of the film survived, and now you can see it on YouTube. It's a great historical artifact, especially but not only for Hurston fans:

[Via Liberty & Power.]