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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Top 10 most used topics by Frances E. W. Harper

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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  • Stopvirtuastalk: we are all bound up together in one great bundle of humanity, and society cannot trample on the weakest and feeblest of its members without receiving the curse in its own soul.” frances e. w. harper. if you supported marsy's law,tweet your senators on this
  • Cbdcuredisease: stop asking if "the chair" is realistic. a few classroom moments remain with me from more than 16 years of teaching literature. one proved memorable not because it was singular but because it was typical. we were discussing "iola leroy," an 1892 novel by frances e. w. harper --
  • Ericabuddington: word to frances e.w. harper.
  • Stevedavismktg: the chris voss show podcast – frances e. w. harper: a call to conscience (black lives) by utz mcknight
  • Jbrous41: maria stewart, frances e.w. harper, ida b. wells and sojourner truth would like a word.
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O God, where does this tend-these struggling aims?
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Of crowning life? The soul would never rule-
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Its utmost pleasure filled,-but that complete
Commanding for commanding sickens it.
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