Who is Frances E. W. Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) was an African-American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. The topics she wrote and spoke about include: "enslavement and abolitionism, human rights and dignity, women's rights and equality, racial and social justice, lynching and mob violence, voting rights, moral character, racial self-help and uplift, and multiracial cooperation for common good." She was active in social reform and was a member of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union, which advocated the federal government taking a role in progressive reform. She is considered "the mother of African-American journalism."

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, she had a long and prolific career, publishing her first bo...
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Frances E. W. Harper Poems

  • Vashti
    She leaned her head upon her hand
    And heard the King's decree-
    “My lords are feasting in my halls;
    Bid Vashti come to me....
  • Truth
    A rock, for ages, stern and high,
    Stood frowning ‘gainst the earth and sky,
    And never bowed his haughty crest
    When angry storms around him prest....
  • Then And Now
    “Build me a nation,” said the Lord.
    The distant nations heard the word,
    Build me a nation true and strong,
    Bar out the old world's hate and wrong;...
  • The Sparrow's Fall
    Too frail to soar-a feeble thing-
    It fell to earth with fluttering wing;
    But God, who watches over all,
    Beheld that little sparrow's fall....
  • The Refiner's Gold
    He stood before my heart's closed door,
    And asked to enter in;
    But I had barred the passage o'er
    By unbelief and sin....
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Life 26 Light 24 Heart 20 God 16 Bright 16 Love 15 I Love You 15 Death 14 Earth 13 Children 12

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  • Profkori: the result of my deep, deep questions about whether i can believe in a benevolent higher power??? even more respect for forerunners like harriet jacobs and frances e. w. harper.
  • Roseram72: first reads of the year, "discarded legacy: politics and poetics in the life of frances e.w. harper" by dr. melba joyce boyd and "cruel optimism" by the late lauren berlant ^^
  • Phdivaspodcast: 1:03:50 to 1:13:35 chapter 4: on black women doctors, transformative love, frances e.w. harper's iola leroy respondent: jade bentil (oxford) is a black feminist historian; forthcoming book rebel citizen abt black women who migrated to britain after ww2
  • _langaman: “one of the first american novels published by a black woman was a passing story. in 1892, the abolitionist frances e.w. harper published iola leroy, the story of a fair-skinned daughter of an enslaved woman and a slave owner who was raised to believe she was white.”
  • Jillmwo: mine was discarded legacy: politics and poetics in the life of frances e. w. harper, 1825-1911 (wayne state university press)
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