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Iola Leroy

Frances E. W. Harper (1825-1911)

1. Introduction
2. Chapter I
3. Chapter II
4. Chapter III
5. Chapter IV
6. Chapter V
7. Chapter VI
8. Chapter VII
9. Chapter VIII
10. Chapter IX
11. Chapter X
12. Chapter XI
13. Chapter XII
14. Chapter XIII
15. Chapter XIV
16. Chapter XV
17. Chapter XVI
18. Chapter XVII
19. Chapter XVIII
20. Chapter XIX
21. Chapter XX
22. Chapter XXI
23. Chapater XXII
24. Chapter XXIII
25. Chapter XXIV
26. Chapter XXV
27. Chapter XXVI
28. Chapter XXVII
29. Chapter XXVIII
30. Chapter XXIX
31. Chapter XXX
32. Chapter XXXI
33. Chapter XXXII
34. Chapter XXXIII (Conclusion & Note)

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Summary

This is the story of Iola Leroy, a free-born, mixed-race woman who passed as white. Her true racial identity eventually discovered, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. Later freed by the Union Army, she journeyed to find others of her family who had been disunited from each other and strewn across the south by the forces of slavery. In the process she also struggled to improve the economic and social station of African Americans. Iola Leroy is a story about race and gender roles during the antebellum and post-Civil War eras, "passing" and the associated socio-political consequences.