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Poetry

Poetry Sunday: A Former Slave at Play

By Women's Voices For Change
The gifted Phillis Wheatley, brought from Senegal to Boston at age 7 to serve the Wheatley family, was to become the first African American to publish a book, and one of the first women in America to earn her own living from writing.
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Poetry

Poetry Friday: Phillis Wheatley

By Women's Voices For Change
The first American and the first woman to publish a book of poems, colonial poet Phillis A. Wheatley had earned the admiration of William Blake and George Washington for her lovely, rigorous poems by the time she was sixteen. Wheatley was also an enslaved woman  for much of her life; one of her most famous poems is her plea, below,…
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