Langston Hughes’ “Cora Unashamed” is probably one of my favorite short stories . The Ways of White Folks is probably even one of my favorite. In the short story “Cora Unashamed,” by. Langston Hughes, Cora Jenkins is a black maid for the Studevant family in Iowa. In this particular town. Summary The author Langston Hughes provides an emotional story about African-American Ma Jenkins and her eldest daughter Cora worked as servants for.

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Cora is not allowed to care for Jessie until the night before Jessie dies. All three men were present, but nothing happened.

Cora is in labor. Cora Unashamed is a masterful Hughes short story, the moving tale of Cora Unashqmed, a housemaid from the only black familyin a rural Iowa town in the early 20th century.

Studevant tells her to leave and she seems fine with leaving, she leaves the house with a smile on her face. The film begins in Melton, Iowa. Their family has been working for the same family ever since then.

Like Liked sttory 1 person. This site uses cookies. They never see each other again. In the title role, Regina Taylor is ideally cast; she is an actor of both passion and subtlety, and she brings to the role of Cora, as written here, all that might be asked.


“Cora Unashamed” by Langston Hughes

During this time Mrs. But you made me feel again. I began to turn over in my mind a story that a young lawyer in California, Loren Miller, had told me. Studevent faces the harsh truth of Jessie’s death by standing with and defending Cora. Cora was the oldest of a family of eight children—the Jenkins niggers.

Notify me of new comments via email. Cora has a daughter, the child of a brief love affair with a white boy passing through.

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Melton was one of unashaemd miserable in-between little places, not large enough to be a town, nor small enough to be a village stoey is, a village in the rural, charming sense of the word. This is how Cora and Joe part. The Negro girl became a white girl of middle-class family, whose parents did not want her to fall in love with an immigrant Greek boy whose unasha,ed ran an ice-cream stand. The old folks are still there now: December 20, at 2: At one point, when Cora is consoling the mistreated Jessie, Peacock has her say, “Rise up like a cloud and drift away.


Seven kids are gone. The years pass and when Jessie is in high school she finds a love of her own, with attendant complications.

Had to stand it; or work for poorer white folks who would unashsmed her worse; or go jobless. Jessie becomes pregnant, much to her mother’s dismay.

Cora is a loving and engaging mother who works as a maid and nanny taking care of a white child named Jessie Studevant. Posted by Dinah Freeman February 28, Cora Jenkins was one of the least of the citizens of Melton.

Cora Unashamed

Langston Hughes brought his renowned art as a poet to the writing of prose as well, writing that is sometimes deceptively plain on the surface, but is highly focused and densely packed with image and irony.

Cora was like a tree—once rooted, she stood, in spite of storms and strife, windand rocks, in the earth. The minister preached her funeral. I’m going to rewatch the scene. She constantly asks Cora what certain words mean. All of the actors were amazing.