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Phyllis Wheatly

What a woman!
by Tatyana Younger on 11 October 2012

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Transcript of Phyllis Wheatly

Phillis Wheatly The Birth of an Icon Phillis Wheatly was born in 1753-5, the exact date is unknown. She was sold into slavery at the age of 7 or 8 to John and Susan Wheatley in Boston on Jult 11, 1761. Life Accomplishment Some of her accomplishments are: Being the first African-Americans to publish a book, and one of the first African-American women to make a living from writing. Impact On Society. Historical Context It was in a time of slavery and despite the fact that it was illegal for slaves to learn to write , and read, Phillis's owners taught her how to do both. Contemporaries In this time period, General George Washington was around, and Phillis even met him. It was also near the Revolutionary War. She helped create the genre of African-American literature, and was a strong supporter of independence during the Revolutionary War. Cites http://www.lkwdpl.org/wihohio/whea-phi.htm 10-10-12
http://www.inspirational-black-literature.com/phyllis-wheatley.html 10-10-12
http://www.izaak.unh.edu/dlp/PhillisWheatly/pages/preface.htm 10-10-12
http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2002712199/ 10-10-12
http://discoverblackheritage.com/phillis-wheatley/ 10-10-12
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