Frances Harper: Most Prominent African-American Poet

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Frances Harper was one of the most prominent African American poets during this time period. Frances Harper was not only important for her work as a poet but also for her work she did in helping with the Underground Railroad. Frances Harper worked directly with slave fugitives proving that she was going to do what it takes to help those people. Frances Harper’s second book, Poems on Miscellaneous Subjects I think helps make her a prominent writer. The book includes the poems “Eliza Harris” and “The Slave Auction” that attack slavery directly. A short story in the book called “The Colored People in America” really stands out to me due to the fact that Harper is calling for black intellectual achievement. Harper encouraged people to use their
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