Phillis
Wheatley
 First African American writer to publish a book
 First African American to receive international
reputation as a writer...
 Her ability to write in English shocked
audiences
 Even most forward thinking Europeans and
Americans assumed that blac...
 In 1772, Wheatley was put on trial and had to
prove she was a poet.
 18 of the most influential men of the
Massachusett...
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Phillis Wheatley

  1. 1. Phillis Wheatley
  2. 2.  First African American writer to publish a book  First African American to receive international reputation as a writer  Born in West Africa and enslaved in Massachusetts Biographical Details
  3. 3.  Her ability to write in English shocked audiences  Even most forward thinking Europeans and Americans assumed that black Africans and African Americans were incapable of producing art or literature  This attitude towards blacks helped support slavery as an institution Significance
  4. 4.  In 1772, Wheatley was put on trial and had to prove she was a poet.  18 of the most influential men of the Massachusetts Colony assembled to verify the authorship of her poems.  The question was much bigger than Wheatley: Was a black person capable of producing literature? The Trial

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