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A fashionable early feminist, abolitionist, and civil rights recommend, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper wrote and spoke throughout genres and reform systems through the turbulent moment half the 19th century. Her invention of a brand new usual language of ethical personality drew at the persuasive and didactic motifs of the former a long time of African-American reform politics, yet some distance handed her predecessors in crafting classes of rhetoric for ladies. targeting the way Harper introduced her readers a serious education for the rhetorical motion of a existence dedication to social reform, this publication reconsiders her perform as explicitly and basically a venture of training. This examine additionally locations Harper's paintings firmly in black-nationalist lineages from which she is many times excluded, establishes Harper as an architect of a collective African-American identification that constitutes a political and theoretical bridge among early abolitionism and 20th-century civil rights activism, and contributes to the modern portrayal of Harper as an enormous theorist of African-American feminism whose radical egalitarian ethic has lasting relevance for civil rights and human rights workers.

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