American History XX: Frances Ellen Watkins Harper

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Today's edition of American History XX is about Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, a freeborn African American woman who was a noted writer, abolitionist, and suffrage advocate. Historian Nell Irvin Painter fills us in on why Harper clashed with white suffragists and was written out of the history books.


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Michael P. Gaughan from Brooklyn

At the time of Ms. Watkins birth 1825, New York was still a Slave State. It may be true that the number of slaves in New York was dwindling in 1825, but Slavery was not abolished in New York until 1827. Slavery was legal in all states at the founding, which we celebrate today.

Jul. 04 2012 01:18 PM

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