Annotations for Phillis's Big Test


Baker & Taylor
In 1773, Phillis Wheatley, who used the power of words to change her life, published a book of poetry, but, because she was a slave, was forced to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems.

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Baker & Taylor
Story of Phyllis Wheatley of Boston, Mass., a slave, who published a book of poetry in 1773, and who testified before a group of prominent Bostonians that she was the true author of the poems.

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Houghton
In 1773, Phillis Wheatley published a book of poetry. It was a great accomplishment that made her very famous.
Only a year before, Phillis had had to take a test to prove that she was the actual author of these poems, because Phillis Wheatley was a slave.
Who would believe that an African girl could be the author of such poetry?
Phillis did! She believed in herself, and took every opportunity she could to make her life better. She believed in the power of her words, and her writing to prove her talent, and used the power of words to change a life.


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