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An active lecturer and author in support of abolition, women's rights, and racial equality in the mid-nineteenth century, Frances E. W. Harper was, according to Henry Louis Gates, Jr, the "first African-American professional woman of letters." Bibliographic Citation link. She published eleven volumes of prose and poetry and a novel, and composed hundreds of speeches, letters, and essays which appeared in independent periodicals, and most of which remain uncollected. The full extent and significance of her oeuvre therefore awaits full assessment. Bibliographic Citation link.
24 September 1825 Frances Ellen Watkins (later Harper) was born in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.
1859 "The Two Offers" by Frances Watkins (later FEWH), carried this year in the Anglo-African Magazine, is considered the first short story published by an African-American woman. Bibliographic Citation link.
1871 Another collection of Poems by FEWH appeared. Bibliographic Citation link.
22 February 1911 FEWH died of heart disease in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Bibliographic Citation link.  scholarly note link.
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