Phillis Wheatley

(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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  • Kenia (4/15/2018 9:17:00 AM)

    I'm doing something called the walk through the American revolution and I got u for my part

  • is everyone just doing this fore school? ? ? ? (3/8/2018 10:30:00 PM)

    is everyone just doing this fore school? ? ? ?

  • avilaMEX (3/1/2018 10:14:00 AM)

    Very interesting lady but i need more info! ! ! ! Loveymiranda do you have a link to a website?

  • avilaMEX (3/1/2018 10:13:00 AM)

    I'm doing a school project too

  • Loveymiranda (2/21/2018 3:24:00 PM)

    Im doing a school project on her at school she is very brave after dying in child birth

  • Imanobody (2/16/2018 2:09:00 PM)

    She is dead she can’t c ur comments she was from the 1700s and died at 31

  • Ashleycandymimi (2/15/2018 9:13:00 PM)

    I am doing a school report about you you are so inspiring! I wish you could see all of the people that admire you.♡

  • megan (2/9/2018 5:47:00 PM)

    Those who are experiencing worse of humanity survive by creating the most beautiful words, therefore I believe those words we all must listen first and care for in our hearts throughout our short lives out of love.

  • Madison Middle School (2/7/2018 4:01:00 PM)

    We havent read it? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?

  • Haley (2/5/2018 5:51:00 PM)

    She's very good poem writer

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Best Poem of Phillis Wheatley

On Being Brought From Africa To America

'Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land,
Taught my benighted soul to understand
That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too:
Once I redemption neither sought nor knew.
Some view our sable race with scornful eye,
"Their colour is a diabolic die."
Remember, Christians, Negro's, black as Cain,
May be refin'd, and join th' angelic train.

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