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103, 104; italics added). Three times Harper reminded the audience at the 1858 meeting of the American Anti-Slavery Society that the suffering “slave mother who clasps her child to her heaving breast does not own it by right of possession” (Harper, 1858, p. 1). Her postbellum speeches include women in all cataloging of progress. , “Colored men and women have gone into journalism”), in reference to race accomplishments (Logan, 1995, p. 38). Harper’s postbellum speeches to White women’s groups were presented within a carefully worded frame of progress through increased influence.
In Peterson, 1995, p. 124). Further, these comments resonate also with gendered assumptions about women. E. church: “Seldom have we heard a more cogent, forcible, and eloquent lecture upon any subject, especially from a woman. ; italics added). Although revealing low expectations for women speakers, this response, unlike many others, does speak to the logic of Harper’s arguments rather than to her physical appearance or delivery. 28 Shirley Wilson Logan Reprinted reports on Harper’s rhetorical performances at various abolitionist gatherings all provide further evidence of focused attention to aspects of sex, gender roles, and race: Miss W.