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(1753 – 5 December 1784 / Gambia)

Phillis Wheatley
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Phillis Wheatley was the first published African American poet and first African-American woman whose writings helped create the genre of African American literature. Born in Gambia, she was made a slave at age seven. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and helped encourage her poetry.

The 1773 publication of Wheatley's Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral brought her fame, with figures such as George Washington praising her work. Wheatley also toured England and was praised in a poem by fellow African American poet Jupiter Hammon. Wheatley was emancipated by her owners after her poetic success, but stayed with the ... more »

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  • Leila Bronco (1/29/2014 4:21:00 PM)

    and also i amCraig Mabbitt little sister! ! so i can tell him everything and he is VERY overprotective! ! so i would stop if i were you! and yes this is Craig [ 3333

  • Leila Bronco (1/29/2014 3:46:00 PM)

    come on guys really? ? @claudia i agree with you but come on charisse everybody has their own opinion and if you dont like it then get off! js [3

  • Non Manet In Æternum (12/2/2013 3:07:00 PM)

    Alex Galarneau, unless you come from a slave ancestry, you have no way to empathize with Charisse's point of view. I think its people like you who poo poo the madness that transpired in much of slavery and holocaust. In other words, how can you put yourself into someone else's shoes when you don't have an iota of inclination into their history?

  • Alex Galarneau (9/18/2013 10:19:00 AM)

    Charisse, were you a slave? were you ripped from our family and forced into labor and beaten and raped? no. it is perfectly acceptable for a person to have an opinion about a poem that does not appeal to them. It does not make someone a racist at all. She didn't say she hated the poem because the author was black or that she thought that Phillis was a bad writer because of it. THANK YOU.

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