Phillis Wheatley Enslaved in Senegal [Gambia] at age eight and brought to America on a schooner called the Phillis (for which she was apparently named), was purchased by Susannah and John Wheatley, who soon recognized her intellect and facility with language. Susannah Wheatley taught Phillis to read not only English but some Latin. While yet in her teens, Phillis Wheatley became the first African American woman to publish a book of poetry, and the third woman in the American colonies…
Phillis Wheatley was one of America's first published poets, and the first African American woman to have her work published. Born in Africa and brought to America in 1761 when she was about seven years old, Phillis lived most of her life in Boston. Her birthplace was probably somewhere in Senegambia, and her first language was most likely Wolof, yet she mastered the English language and died a free woman and American patriot.
Phillis Wheatley was one of the best-known poets in prenineteenth-century America. Pampered in the household of prominent Boston commercialist John Wheatley, lionized in New England and England, with presses in both places publishing her poems.
(c. 1753-1784). One of America’s first poets, Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753 in Africa. She was captured by slave traders and sold in America in July 1761. Her owners educated her. When she was 14 years old, Wheatley began to write poetry. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, was the first book written by a black woman in America and the second one to be written by any woman. Her fame and prowess helped the cause of the abolition movement.
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