Who is Frances Ellen Watkins 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 Ellen Watkins Harper Poems

  • A Rallying Cry
    Oh, children of the tropics,
    Amid our pain and wrong
    Have you no other mission
    Than music, dance, and song? ...
  • He "had Not Where To Lay His Head."
    The conies had their hiding-place,
    The wily fox with stealthy tread
    A covert found, but Christ, the Lord,
    Had not a place to lay his head. ...
  • 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. ...
  • Our Hero.
    Onward to her destination,
    O'er the stream the Hannah sped,
    When a cry of consternation
    Smote and chilled our hearts with dread. ...
  • The Crocuses.
    They heard the South wind sighing
    A murmur of the rain;
    And they knew that Earth was longing
    To see them all again. ...
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Vain Hope
 by Ernest Dowson

Sometimes, to solace my sad heart, I say,
Though late it be, though lily-time be past,
Though all the summer skies be overcast,
Haply I will go down to her, some day,
And cast my rests of life before her feet,
That she may have her will of me, being so sweet
And none gainsay!


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