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Phillis Wheatley

“In every human Beast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance.” Phillis Wheatley

On September 1, 1773 Phillis Wheatley’a Poems on various subjects, religious, and moral is published by act of Parliament in England.

Phillis Wheatley also spelled Phyllis and Wheatly was the first published African-American female poet. Born in West Africa, she was sold into slavery at the age of seven or eight and transported to North America.

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