IOLA LEROY,. OR. SHADOWS UPLIFTED. FRANCES E.W. HARPER. (NOTE FROM SHORT STORY AMERICA: wHILE THIS STORY IS CLOSER. TO NOVEL. From a general summary to chapter summaries to explanations of famous quotes , the SparkNotes Iola Leroy Study Guide has everything you need to ace. A list of important facts about Frances Harper’s Iola Leroy, including setting, climax, protagonists, and antagonists. full title ยท Iola Leroy; or, Shadows Uplifted .

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Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted By: The story follows his middle child, Iola Leroy, from her privileged childhood to the devastation brought on their family by the American Civil War. Finally, during the Reconstruction, Iola meets another young doctor who shares a similar mixed ethnic heritage, and the two of them find themselves in a unique position to encourage and uplift former slaves by teaching self-reliance and the value of education.

InWatkins joined the American Anti-Slavery Society and became a traveling lecturer for the group. A “must read” for all Americans interested in our shared past; our untold story. To view it, click here.

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They had a daughter together in See all 11 reviews. Harper’s commendable optimism does not make for great plotting: Oct 01, Stephanie rated it really liked it Shelves: Iila for telling us about the problem. The dialog is atrocious “Law’ hab eber de mersee”, etc. However, I found that because approximately half of the book is written in dialect that was attributed to how uneducated black slaves did speak, that the novel was a grueling read.

Iola Leroy, or, Shadows Uplifted

It tells the story of a wealthy Mississippi planter who frees and marries his mixed-race slave. Harper was active in the suffrage and temperance movements and a founding member of the National Association of Colored Women. Over the next few years, it was reprinted in 20 editions. Iola is supported in her struggle by people who relate to various aspects of her complicated life: I was particularly interested in the characters, like Shadowd, who could pass as lreoy but were not accepted once their racial background was revealed.


Iola Leroy, or Shadows Upliftedis the story of Iola Leroy, a beautiful young mixed-race woman of majority white ancestry in the antebellum years. Written less than a decade before the Wilmington Massacre ofthis was a time when African-American prospects were still promising but were being threatened by racism and separatist thinking.

Oct 07, Lora rated it really liked it. The flashbacks are well done, and the first half of the book is enjoyable. I loved that this text prefigured so many of the competing arguments of Booker T. Iola Leroy; Shadows Uplifted teaches about how black slaves and “mulattos” had to fight for their freedom as well as how they were being treated by their owners.

I do not wish them to feel that they have been born under a proscription from which no valor can redeem them, nor that any social advancement or individual development can wipe off the ban shadoes clings to them. From a 19th century perspective, associating with that one drop is honorable and courageous. She was, above all, sincere. Next, Harper introduces a white doctor who wishes to marry Iola while she od serving as a nurse during the Civil War.

As a novel, it feels a bit flat, heavy handed, and preachy. As such, it is a great source of information written by a leader in the social justice movement of the time. While I celebrate this book for being one of the earliest novels written by an African American and for surviving and being resurrected by scholars of AA litI’m not sure I would recommend as a wonderful work of art or assign it in my class.

The protagonist, Iola, is a mixed-race American, who, after discovering she has black ancestry, is sold into slavery. I don’t think it’s as stylistically sophisticated as, say, Contending Forces, but it was still a really interesting read and I admire the balanced portrait that Harper paints of postbellum biracial characters.

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Jul 23, Dray rated it liked it Shelves: No, Marie, let them go North, up,ifted all they can, aspire all they may.

Harper has had the honor of being should not whadows this late date in life make a blunder which might detract from her own upliftec name I naturally proposed to ila developments before deciding too quickly in favor of giving encouragement to her contemplated effort.

The book was written in but takes place during and immediately after the Civil War, mainly in the late s and early s. In spite of his sincerest efforts to secure their future, after his death greedy relatives thrust Iola and her mother into slavery.

While the viewpoints are still important, they lose their appeal as the writing style changes. An important landmark to be sure, but not one I’d recommend outside of that fact.

She and her mother are then sold into slavery. I recommend it since it testifies to the marriage of nineteenth century morality with progressive ideals of racial justice. After the war she travelled the South speaking out for temperance, and the rights ioa women and African Americans, and other social causes. May 11, Jennifer rated it liked it Shelves: If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Being very desirous that one of the race so long distinguished in the cause of freedom for her intellectual worth as Mrs.

Everyone exists to fulfill their heteronormative role and promote sobriety. She traveled, lecturing throughout the East and Midwest from to Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Essentially, this book was an instruction manual for moral Christian life, disguised as a novel.