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Harper has had the honor of being should not at this late date in life make a blunder which might detract from her own good name I naturally proposed to await developments before deciding too quickly in favor of giving encouragement to her contemplated Being very desirous that one of the race so long distinguished in the cause of freedom for her intellectual worth as Mrs. Harper has had the honor of being should not at this late date in life make a blunder which might detract from her own good name I naturally proposed to await developments before deciding too quickly in favor of giving encouragement to her contemplated effort.

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Sort order. Start your review of Iola Leroy: Shadows Uplifted. Or do i just hate this class with the burning passion of a thousand suns? View 2 comments. Frances Watkins Harper was born free in in Baltimore and was 67 years old when Iola Leroy was published.

Before the Civil War she was a public speaker and political activist in the Abolitionist Movement and helped escaping slaves along the Underground Railroad. After the war she travelled the South speaking out for temperance, and the rights of women and African Americans, and other social causes.

Iola Leroy or, Shadows Uplifted is one of the first novels published by an African-American wo Frances Watkins Harper was born free in in Baltimore and was 67 years old when Iola Leroy was published. It tells the story of a wealthy Mississippi planter who frees and marries his mixed-race slave.

They have two children, Iola and Harry, that are raised without knowledge of their mixed background and educated in the North. In spite of his sincerest efforts to secure their future, after his death greedy relatives thrust Iola and her mother into slavery.

The book deals with Iola's emancipation and the period after the war when she tries to find her mother and brother and reestablish their lives together. As Iola and her brother are light skinned and highly educated, the book also deals with issues of passing and miscegenation. The concept of a single-drop of African blood making a person non-White and subject to ill-treatment by Society is a major theme. Written less than a decade before the Wilmington Massacre of , this was a time when African-American prospects were still promising but were being threatened by racism and separatist thinking.

This novel is a great window on the era prior to the extreme racial repressions of the 20th Century, when Black people had hoped that education, hard work, and social responsibility could bring them social justice in the nation.

As such, it is a great source of information written by a leader in the social justice movement of the time. Pretty awkward with its narrative elements; much more a novel of ideas. I recommend it since it testifies to the marriage of nineteenth century morality with progressive ideals of racial justice. Even more intriguing is the novel's moral certitude alongside a sneaky skepticism of some of its heroes. It critiques white liberals and has a feminist undercurrent.

Jun 16, Cara Byrne rated it liked it. 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 which clings to them. No, Marie, let them go North, learn all they '"No, no," said Leroy, tenderly, "it is not that I regret our marriage, or feel the least disdain for our children on account of the blood in their veins; but I do not wish them to grow up under the contracting influence of this race prejudice.

No, Marie, let them go North, learn all they can, aspire all they may. The painful knowledge will come all too soon. Do not forestall it. I want them simply to grow up as other children; not being patronized by friends nor disdained by foes.

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 lit , I'm not sure I would recommend as a wonderful work of art or assign it in my class. She was, above all, sincere. Feb 20, Tony rated it did not like it. I'm halfway through, and I'm not sure one could, if one really tried, write more dreadfully. To get close, one would have to mimic the styles of Danielle Steele and Robert Ludlum, overlay it with the worst sentimentality of the past three hundred years, and then weld it all together with grim death marches of exposition that make Cliff's Notes read like great literature.

Even then it would be a close contest. I would rather read the most stultifying of State Department briefings than the second h I'm halfway through, and I'm not sure one could, if one really tried, write more dreadfully.

I would rather read the most stultifying of State Department briefings than the second half of this novel. Iola Leroy is proof that nobility and good intentions on the part of the author do not make for good reading, and may very well impede it. I understand that in skillful hands it can be used to make all sorts of points, to a captive student audience, about racism, sexism, classism, and other nefarious isms , but then so can any number of Bugs Bunny cartoons, and without the consequent trauma to the reader.

A Romantic ending to a debilitating national institution After imbibing a dearth of slave narratives, autobiographies and sentimental African American novels, I'm glad to end a semester of antebellum literary study with Francis Harper's Iola Leroy. It's difficult to imagine the courage of those who sought progress and resolve after the civil war and chattel slavery.

Iola embodies the necessary spirit of the African race to see this nation as her own, and despite pervading racial hatred at the tur A Romantic ending to a debilitating national institution After imbibing a dearth of slave narratives, autobiographies and sentimental African American novels, I'm glad to end a semester of antebellum literary study with Francis Harper's Iola Leroy.

Iola embodies the necessary spirit of the African race to see this nation as her own, and despite pervading racial hatred at the turn of the century even still today , her courage lights the path for others rising out of the shadow of a dark history. Iola is a heroine, a philanthropist, a nurse to the sick and weak of heart. If only Harper's novel had set the tone for humanitarian resolve going into the 20th century Nov 10, Becky rated it liked it Shelves: university-reading-list-year-two , american-literature.

I had to read this novel, not just because I have to for uni : but also because it is considered to be one of the very first novels written by a black woman. Being such an important text, it just had to be delved into.

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. Yet, I did like the themes of the book, and knowing that it was written by a black woman, made me v I had to read this novel, not just because I have to for uni : but also because it is considered to be one of the very first novels written by a black woman.

Yet, I did like the themes of the book, and knowing that it was written by a black woman, made me view it as a more truthful representation of what life was really like for enslaved black men and woman, and most importantly, people who were the product of miscegenation, and therefore victims of the 'one drop rule'.

Mrs Harper's only novel was intended to encourage good citizenship and education for those who had long been under the yoke of slavery. It would be a good lesson for all peoples in taking the initiative to better themselves and be productive and successful members of society. So overly saccharine it made my teeth hurt. View 1 comment. As a novel, Iola Leroy is a disappointment. The chronological jumps are clunky, and the narrative arc meanders into nothingness about halfway through.

The dialogue is either heavily stilted or excessively depicted as phonetically spelled dialect. Feb 07, Den Slader rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

To view it, click here. By rejecting the opportunity to identify herself as white through an unsuitable marriage, Iola discards the idea that a biracial woman should feel shame when she embraces her ancestry. Inevitably, these women found themselves exposed and tragically ostracized from their society. Although she begins Iola Leroy in similar vein, Harper pushes past the oppressiveness of the genre, and rapidly develops her novel into a story of self-reliance, family unity, and the quest to elevate both the self and others from the inhumanity of slavery.

Next, Harper introduces a white doctor who wishes to marry Iola while she is serving as a nurse during the Civil War. Iola rejects this marriage proposal, as she cannot fathom a marriage between a biracial woman like herself and a man who does not share her ancestry.

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.

Harper ends her novel shortly after Latimer and Iola are wed, remarking that the couple returned to the South. Though struggles and conflict permeate most of the novel, it seems the finale overflows with unbelievable idealism. Chicago: U of Chicago P, Feb 20, Lor rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-engine.

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Iola Leroy: Shadows Uplifted

Harper , is one of the first novels published by an African-American woman. While following what has been termed the "sentimental" conventions of late nineteenth-century writing about women, it also deals with serious social issues of education for women, passing , miscegenation , abolition , reconstruction , temperance , and social responsibility. Harriet Johnson , Iola Leroy's grandmother. While a slave of Nancy Johnson, she resists a whipping. As a punishment, she is sold. Robert Johnson. He is still a child when separated from his mother Harriet.

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