Who is Frances E. W. Harper

Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (September 24, 1825 – February 22, 1911) was an American abolitionist, suffragist, poet, teacher, public speaker, and writer. Beginning in 1845, she was one of the first African-American women to be published in the United States.

Born free in Baltimore, Maryland, Harper had a long and prolific career, publishing her first book of poetry at the age of 20. At 67, she published her widely praised novel Iola Leroy (1892), placing her among the first Black women to publish a novel.As a young woman in 1850, she taught domestic science at Union Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, a school affiliated with the AME Church. In 1851, while living with the family of William Still, a clerk at the Pennsylvania Abolition Society who helped refugee slaves make their way alo...
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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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Kempojesse: discussed frances e.w. harper's "poems on misc. subjects" in american lit i today. i got to see in real time a student's face light up at how awesome poetry is while talking about a formal aspect of a poem's stanzas and i love teaching literature
Southerngemgal: "the most important question before us colored people is not simply what the..." - frances e.w. harper
Aprilyoungb: “make me a grave where’er you will…but not in a land where men are slaves.” -frances e.w. harper, 1858 -
Aprilyoungb: “make me a grave where’er you will…but not in a land where men are slaves.” -frances e.w. harper, 1858 -
Aprilyoungb: “make me a grave where’er you will…but not in a land where men are slaves.” -frances e.w. harper, 1858
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