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Transcript of Phillis Wheatley
Born on May 8, 1753
Kidnapped and brought on a slave ship
bought by John Wheatley
Wheatleys taught her Latin and Greek and began writing poetry
By age 18, had a collection of 28 poems
First Volume of Poetry
Age 12 she published her first volume of poems
First U.S. slave to publish a book of poems
Third American woman to publish a book of poems
Traveled to London to promote her poems and got a medical treatment for her health condition
A Change in her Life
In 1774, Susanna Wheatley died
In 1778, John Wheatley died
In 1778, she married John Peters
Had 3 children, all died in infancy
Forced to find work in a boarding house as a maid
Kept writing but the Revolution weakened enthusiasm for her poems
Wasn't able to find support for her 2nd volume of poems
Strong supporter of America's fight for independence
Wrote poems for George Washington and troops
Phillis Wheatley died in Boston on December 5, 1784 due to complications of birth with her 3rd child
Was only 23
years old when
By: Hannah Ebert
An Excerpt From a Poem to George Washington
Fix'd are the eyes of nations on the scale,
For in their hopes Columbia's arm prevails.
Anon Britannia droops the Columbia's state!
Lament thy thirst of boundless power too late.
Proceed, great chief, with virtue on thy side,
Thy ev'ry action let the goddess guide.
A crown, a mansion, and a throne that shine
with gold unfading, WASHINGTON! be thine.
To His Excellency