A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader

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Feminist Press at CUNY, 1990 - Literary Criticism - 416 pages
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Frances Ellen Watkins Harper was the best known and best loved African American poet of her time, as well as a teacher and lecturer on abolition, suffrage, education, and many other topics. This anthology contains all of her extant poetry and generous selection of prose and letters, and provided moving portraits of suffering under slavery, as well as of freedom, love, infidelity, poverty, and heroism. As the New York Times Book Review notes, "This anthology... not only provides the first modern biography of Harper, but also illuminates her connection to... 20th-century writers like Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison.". For course use in: abolition and slavery, African American studies, 19th-century US literature.
 

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The first autobiographical picture of Harper's life (1825-1911), this informative introduction approaches her through her complete extant works: speeches, poetry, letters, essays, short stories, and a ... Read full review

Contents

August 1854
43
Buckstown Centre Maine September 28 1854
44
Niagara Falls New York September 12 1856
45
April 1858
46
Tiffin Ohio March 31 1859
47
Farmer Centre Ohio November 14 1859
48
Kendalville Indiana November 25 1859
49
December 9 1859
50
Something to Do
210
Lines to MAH
211
Peace
212
A Dialogue
213
Saved at Last
215
We Are All Bound up Together
217
The Great Problem to Be Solved
219
Fancy Etchings April 24 1873
224

Montpelier Vermont December 12 1859
51
Dune 1860
52
July 1860
53
The Soul
56
To Mrs Harriet Beecher Stowe
57
The Syrophenician Woman
58
Bible Defence of Slavery
60
Ethiopia
62
The Drunkards Child
63
The Slave Auction
64
The Revel
65
The Dying Christian
66
Report
67
Advice to the Girls
68
Died of Starvation
69
A Mothers Heroism
71
The Fugitives Wife
72
The Contrast
73
The Prodigals Return
74
Evas Farewell
75
Be Active
76
The Burial of Moses
77
The Tennessee Hero
79
Free Labor
81
Lines
82
The Dismissal of Tyng
83
A Tale of the Ohio
84
Rizpah the Daughter of Ai
86
Ruth and Naomi
87
Obituary for J Edwards Barnes
89
The Careless Word
90
Gone to God
91
Days of My Childhood
92
An Appeal from One of the Fugitives Own Race
93
Christianity
96
The Colored People in America
99
Could We Trace the Record of Every Human Heart
100
Our Greatest Want
102
The Two Offers
105
The Triumph of FreedomA Dream
114
Darlington South Carolina May 13 1867
122
Wilmington Delaware July 26 1867
124
Athens Georgia February 1 1870
125
Columbiana Georgia ? February 20 1870
126
Greenville Georgia March 29 1870?
127
Eufaula Alabama December 9 1870
128
Montgomery Alabama December 29 1870
129
Demopolis Alabama March 1? 1871
131
Mobile Alabama July 5 1871
132
Rural Alabama 187101
133
ToDay Is a King in Disguise
138
Lines to Hon Thaddeus Stevens
166
An Appeal to the American People
167
Truth
168
Death of the Old Sea King
169
Let the Light Enter
170
Youth in Heaven
171
The Chief of a Negro Kingdom in South America
172
Lines to Charles Sumner
173
Sir We Would See Jesus
174
Thank God for Little Children
175
The Dying Fugitive
176
Bury Me in a Free Land
177
The Freedom Bell
178
Mary at the Feet of Christ
179
The Mothers Blessing
180
Vashti
181
The Change
183
The Dying Mother
184
Words for the Hour
185
President Lincolns Proclamation of Freedom
186
To a Babe Smiting in Her Sleep
187
The Artist
188
Fifteenth Amendment
189
Retribution
190
The Sin of Achar
191
Lines to Miles OReiley
192
The Little Builders
193
The Dying Child to Her Blind Father
194
Light in Darkness
195
Our English Friends
196
The Deliverance
198
Aunt Chloes Politics
204
Learning to Read
205
Church Building
206
The Reunion
207
I Thirst
208
The Dying Queen
209
Fancy Etchings May 1 1873
226
Fancy Sketches January 15 1874
228
The Mission of the Flowers
230
We Are Rising
237
The Widows Mites
238
It Shall Not Come Nigh Thee
239
John and JacobA Dialogue on Womans Rights
240
To Mr and Mrs W F Johnson on Their TwentyFifth Wedding Anniversary
242
In Commemoration of the Centennial of the AME Church
243
The Jewish Grandfathers Story
244
Out in the Cold
249
Save the Boys
250
Nothing and Something
251
Wanderers Return
252
Fishers of Men
253
Signing the Pledge
254
His Name
256
The Ragged Stocking
257
The Fatal Pledge
259
Womans Work
260
For the TwentyFifth Anniversary of the Old Folks Home
262
To White Ribbons of Maine Who Gave to Me Their Blessed Gifts
264
The Rallying Cry
265
Thine Eyes Shall See the King in His Beauty
266
To Bishop Payne
267
A Poem
268
Coloured Women of America
271
A Factor in Human Progress
275
The Womans Christian Temperance Union and the Colored Woman
281
Enlightened Motherhood
285
Prince of Cosman
295
Flames in the Schoolroom
302
Searching for Lost Ones
304
Northern Experience
314
There Is Sunshine Still
321
Count on Me as a Subscriber
322
These Linesthe Expiring Flicker of a Lamp
323
Light Beyond Darkness c 1892
325
A Story of the Nile 1893
326
Poems 1895
327
Christs Entry into Jerusalem
330
The Resurrection of Jesus
331
Simons Countrymen
333
Deliverance
335
Simons Feast
336
My Mothers Kiss
338
A Grain of Sand
339
The Crocuses
340
The Present Age
341
A Double Standard
344
Our Hero
346
The Dying Bondman
348
A Little Child Shall Lead Them
349
The Sparrows Fall
350
God Bless Our Native Land
351
The Building
352
Home Sweet Home
353
The Pure in Heart Shall See God
354
He Had Not Where to Lay His Head
355
Go Work in My Vineyard
356
Renewal of Strength
357
The Martyr of Alabama
359
The Night of Death
361
Mothers Treasures
363
The Refiners Gold
364
A Story of the Rebellion
365
Burial of Sarah
366
Going East
367
The Hermits Sacrifice
368
Songs for the People
371
Maceo
374
Only a Word
376
Give My Love to the World
378
Proclaim a Fast
379
The Vision of the Czar of Russia
381
How Are the Mighty Fallen?
382
The Lake City Tragedy
383
An Appeal to My Countrywomen
385
The Lost Bells
387
Do Not Cheer Men Are Dying Said Capt Phillips in the SpanishAmerican War
388
The Burdens of All
390
Words for the Hour
391
Respectfully Dedicated to Dr Alexander Crummell on the Fiftieth Anniversary of His Pastorate
394
True and False Politeness
396
Contents of Frances E W Harpers Books
401
Selected Bibliography
409
Index of First Lines of Poetry
413
Copyright

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About the author (1990)

FRANCES SMITH FOSTER is a Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Women's Studies, the former director of the Emory Institute for Women's Studies, and the current chair of the English Department. She has received fellowships from institutions including Fulbright, the Harvard Divinity School, the W. E. B. DuBois Institute at Harvard, and the International Theological Center. Her research affiliations include the Brandeis Feminist Sexual Ethics Project and the Emory Center for Interdisciplinary Study of Religion.

She has authored or edited fourteen books includingWritten by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1740-1892;A Brighter Coming Day: A Frances Ellen Watkins Harper Reader; andBehind the Scenes: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. Collaborative projects includeLa Familia En Africa Y La Diaspora Africana/The Family in Africa and the African Diaspora,Norton Anthology of African American Literature,The Oxford Guide to African American Literature, and Norton Critical Edition ofIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.

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