In color photographs taken by Marion Wolcott and publically available at the Library of Congress, one gets to see something of how people lived in Florida in the period of her writings in Mules and Men and Their Eyes Were Watching God.
Not that people didn't have the good times she talked about. Just that you need to imagine this setting as you are imagining her world. This is Belle Glade, Florida in 1944.
See also my Talking in Pictures post on Zora Neale Hurston and Marion Wolcott.