Annotations for Voice of Her Own : The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet


Baker & Taylor
A biography of an African girl brought to New England as a slave in 1761 who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic as the first black poet in America.

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Baker & Taylor
Presents a biography of the African girl brought to New England as a slave in 1761 who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic as the first Black poet in America.

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Random House, Inc.
The moving story of the first African American woman poet is compellingly told by Kathryn Lasky and brought to life with powerful illustrations by Paul Lee.

"We'll call her Phillis."

In 1761, a young African girl was sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, who named her Phillis after the slave schooner that had carried her. Kidnapped from her home in Africa and shipped to America, she'd had everything taken from her - her family, her name, and her language.

But Phillis Wheatley was no ordinary young girl. She had a passion to learn, and the Wheatleys encouraged her, breaking with unwritten rule in New England to keep slaves illiterate. Amid the tumult of the Revolutionary War, Phillis Wheatley became a poet and ultimately had a book of verse published, establishing herself as the first African American woman poet this country had ever known. She also found what had been taken away from her and from slaves everywhere: a voice of her own.

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