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  • Phillis Wheatley
  • "May be refined, and join the angelic train."
  • Accomplishments
  • "In every human beast, God has implanted a principle, which we call love of freedom;it is an impatient of Oppression , and pants for Deliverance."
  • Importance
  • “Imagination! who can sing thy force? Or who describe the swiftness of thy course? Soaring through air to find the bright abode, The empyreal palace of the thundering God, We on thy pinions can surpass the wind, And leave the rolling universe behind.”
  • Phillis Wheatley was the first African-american and women to publish a book of poetry in the colonies , doing so in 1773. She was born in West Africa, and she was kidnapped and was enslaved.
  • Phillis Wheatley's first book 'Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral' earned her rave reviews. She became the first African American poetess to publish a book, apart from being the most famous African on the face of the earth. Wheatley was the first African-American woman to earn a living from her writing .
  • A strong supporter of America's fight for independence, Wheatley penned several poems in honor of the Continental Army's commander, George Washington. Wheatley sent one of said works, written in 1775, to the future president, eventually inspiring an invitation to visit him at his headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
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