Frances Harper Poems

Frances Harper was a poet, teacher, and writer. She is also regarded as an important member of the abolitionist movement and one of the first African American writers to be published in the United States. She had a long career, starting with her first book of poetry published when she was 20 years old. 

Bury Me in a Free Land

by Frances Harper

‘Bury Me in a Free Land’ depicts the cruel custom of slavery that prevailed in America. This poem presents the speaker’s wish to be buried in a land where no men are treated as slaves.

The Slave Auction

by Frances Harper

Have you ever imagined what it felt like observing innocent lives being traded at the slave auction? It is vividly portrayed through the eyes of Frances Harper in her poem ‘The Slave Auction’.

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