Leaving the Good Mother: Frances E. W. Harper, Lydia Maria Child, and the Literary Politics of Reconstruction by ProQuest


Assimilation through adoption is represented as a betrayal of one's race and a shirking of one's duty toward one's people.17 If the beliefs of both pro- and antislavery writers converged at the idea that whites were responsible for blacks' care, manifested either as paternalism in slavery or the liberal tradition in abolitionism, Harper's separatist solution rejects the model of care/dependence entirely and advocates blacks' independence.

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