E. W. Frances Harper

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Throughout the eighteenth century there were a lot of African American slaves and a problem with women’s rights. During that time there were people writing about literature and the society around them that related to slaves. There were a lot of people influenced on what was written during that time. Frances E. W. Harper was a American poet that was a free slave. Hse wrote about her views on the world. Analysis of Harpers life and poems will show how influenced she was through her writing.

According to (2014), Frances Harper was a child of two free black parents. Frances was born in 1825 on september 24th in Baltimore, Maryland. Her mother died when she was three, and had to live with her uncle and aunt. Her uncle ran a academy for negro youth and she attended that until she was thirteen. After that she “ found domestic work in a Quaker household, where she had access to a wide range of literature” (, 2014). Frances soon got older and taught for two years Pennsylvania and Ohio. she then became a traveling speaker on the abolitionist circuit.” She helped slaves escape through the underground railroad and wrote frequently for anti- slavery newspapers, earning her a reputation as the mother of African American journalism” (, 2014).

Frances Harper got married in 1860. Her and her husband had one daughter of their own named Mary, and he brought three children of his own into the marriage. Frances continued to take care of her family after the death of her husband died four years after their marriage. To help her through the death of her husband, he did speaking managements.”she was superintendent of the colored section of Philadelphia and Pennsylvani...

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