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Current Event December 5, 2013

America’s First Black Poet


Phillis Wheatley lived an extraordinary life. Born in West Africa and sold into slavery in Boston, Massachusetts, Wheatley became the first published African-American woman and poet. In addition to being a poet, Wheatley exchanged letters with religious leaders and philanthropists. Some of her letters have survived, including one in which she reflects on the American Revolution. Listen to learn about this valuable letter, which was auctioned off in 2005.

US History I Race Poetry Biography

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National Public Radio © 2005 National Public Radio, Inc. Used with the permission of NPR. All rights reserved.

AIR DATE: 11/21/2005


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