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Revolutionary Poet: A Story about Phillis Wheatley

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Revolutionary Poet: A Story about Phillis Wheatley

by Maryann N Weidt

$8.99

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She was named after the slave ship, Phillis, which brought her to Boston, Massachusetts in 1761 and she died at the age of 31, yet Phillis Wheatley lived a live full of accomplishment, adventure and love. The family who bought her as a slave recognized her intellect and encouraged her to learn to read and helped support her writing of poetry. She traveled to London where she met Britain's elite as well as Benjamin Franklin, who offered to help in her publishing efforts. Phillis wrote of religion, everyday life and the Revolutionary War. She was set free in 1773, married and gave birth to three children. Her health was fragile and her life was filled with hardship but she persevered and was the first black American to publish a book.
 

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Taken from her family in Africa at the age of seven, Phillis Wheatley arrived in Boston as a slave in 1761. After she was purchased by the Wheatley family, Phillis quickly learned to speak and read English. The bright young girl soon began writing poetry. By 1771, her poems had been published in newspapers all over the colonies, and critics were praising the "extraordinary Negro poetess." In this engaging biography, author Maryann Weidt tells the story of how a young slave girl in revolutionary Boston became an internationally famous poet and the first black American to publish a book. Size 0.21" H x 8.72" L x 6.16" W, 64 pages

Additional Information

ISBN 9781575050591
Author Maryann N Weidt
Age Group 8-11
Book Type paperback

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