Iola Leroy, Or, Shadows Uplifted

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Beacon Press, 1987 - Fiction - 282 pages
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Iola Leroy was originally published in 1892, during a time of black disenfranchisement, lynching, and Jim Crow laws. It is the story of a "refined mulatto" raised to believe she's white until she and her mother are sold into slavery. Iola becomes an outspoken advocate for her people and a critic of race-mixing. Her story offers an important portrait of black life during the Civil War and Reconstruction.
 

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Contents

Introduction to the Second Edition by William Still I
3
The Mystery of Market Speech and Prayer Meetings
7
Contraband of War
15
Uncle Daniels Story
24
Arrival of the Union Army
32
Release of Iola Leroy
37
Robert Johnsons Promotion and Religion
43
Tom Andersons Death
50
Searching for Lost Ones
148
Striking Contrasts
164
A Revelation
175
A Home for Mother
188
Further Lifting of the Veil
191
Delightful Reunions
198
Northern Experience
205
An Old Friend
213

The Mystified Doctor
56
Eugene Leroy and Alfred Lorraine
61
Shadows in the Home
73
The Plague and the Law
86
Schoolgirl Notions
97
A Rejected Suitor
109
Harry Leroy
120
Robert and his Company
129
After the Battle
139
Flames in the SchoolRoom
144
Open Questions
221
Diverging Paths
230
Dr Latrobes Mistake
237
Visitors from the South
241
Friends in Council
246
Dawning Affections
262
Wooing and Wedding
267
Conclusion
275
Note
282
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Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911), a popular lecturer, poet, and author, was a leader in the suffrage and temperance movements and a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women.

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