Frances Harper

A powerful woman on powerlessness

  The Slave Auction by Frances Ellen Watkins Harper   The sale began—young girls were there, Defenseless in their wretchedness, Whose stifled sobs of deep despair Revealed their anguish and distress.   And mothers stood, with streaming eyes, And saw their dearest children sold; Unheeded rose their bitter cries, While tyrants bartered them for gold. […]