Black People : Phillis Wheatley: Precursor of American Abolitionism

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  1. karmashines

    karmashines Banned MEMBER

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    Born in 1753 in Africa, Phillis Wheatley was kidnapped and sold at a slave auction at age seven to a prosperous Boston family who educated her and treated her as a family member. Rescued from an otherwise hopeless situation by the sympathies of the Wheatley family, Phillis learned English with remarkable speed, and, although she never attended a formal school, she also learned Greek and Latin.

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    phillis wheatley...

    yes very remarkable woman,who wrote to thomas jefferson and altough he admired her writing skill,that racist still couldn't bring himself to admit that blacks were as intelligent as whites.
     
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    Yeah Phllis Wheatley was a very intelligent woman but she was also grateful that she was taken from Africa ....I mean she did call Africa the "land of errors, and Egyptian gloom" and also wrote "Father of mercy, 'twas thy gracious hand Brought me in safety from those dark abodes." and in another poem she opens with " Twas mercy brought me from my pagan land, taught my benighted soul to understand" .......I apprciate her for what she accomplished and her drive to learn everything she could about the world around her but I've never been a big fan of Phillis Wheatley....that's just my opinion however..


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    Very true!
     
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    oldiesman Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    phillis wheatley...

    how quickly we forget,there was a time now too long ago where if one NEGRO called another NEGRO..BLACK a serious fight would occur,and we're mad at phillis wheatley???nuff said!
     
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    cursed heart Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'm not mad at her at all.
    She paved the way for black poets.
    Just as Langston Hughes did.
     
  7. MississippiRed

    MississippiRed Well-Known Member MEMBER

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    I'm not mad at her just stating a fact ....and my opinion of her....


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