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Phillis Wheatley

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Timeline small square Phillis Wheatley is born Phillis Wheatley is believed to be born in West Africa, (Now) Gambia. She is believed to be born in 1753- though no one is sure of the exact date.
Timeline small square Phillis Wheatley is sold Phillis Wheatley was sold to the Americans, Susannah Wheatley and John Wheatley at the age of 7 or 8. Phillis was named after the boat she came on.
Photo%20on%202011 04 20%20at%2014.31 small square Phillis's learning Phillis Wheatley was being taught by her owner: Sussanah Wheatley and know knows more than any white colonial girl. Phillis is nine at this time.
Photo%20on%202011 04 27%20at%2008.47 small square Phillis hears a story and decides to write a poem about it In 1756, when Mr.Hussey and Mr.Coffin from Nantucket to Boston. They talked about how their ship nearly sunk in Cape Cod and others. Phillis then wrote a poem about their journey.
Timeline small square Phillis Wheatley publishes her first poem Phillis published her first poem at the age of 12. She has written her poem because of the Mr. Hussey and Mr. Coffin's story that she has heard. Her poem was published in the newspaper 'Newport Mercury'.
Photo%20on%202011 04 27%20at%2009.09 small square Phillis writes a poem on Christopher Snider's death It was when an angry mob of people came to protest to the government. Little 11 year old Christopher Snider was shot by a soldier and killed. To Phillis, Christopher Snider was 'The first martyr of Revolution'. Phillis wrote a poem about him and the secret rage in everyone's heart.
Photo%20on%202011 04 27%20at%2009.25 small square Phillis' Test Phillis was taken in front of 18 black men to see if her poems could be published as books. The men were amazed! A book of poems, by a Negro woman! They did not believe her. In the end Phillis' book was not published there.
Photo%20on%202011 04 27%20at%2009.30 small square Phills' Sea Voyage Since Phillis did not have a chance to publish her book of poems in The New England (USA). She sailed to England to see King George the third. Also she went to see if her poem could be published in the end it was. It was the first book to ever be written by a black American woman.
Timeline small square Books advertised and published. Phillis' book arrived in The USA and ws advertised on this day. The books sold well. All of them were sold and more were ordered.
Photo%20on%202011 04 27%20at%2009.36 small square Susannah Wheatley dies Phillis' 'mother' died in the spring of 1774 a few days before or after the second order of books arrived. She had lived long enough to see Philis succeed and was very proud of her.
Timeline small square George Washington's 'Reply' A few months before this, the exact date I do not know, Phillis had written a poem called 'Reply' to George Washington. His reply was calling her 'Miss Phillis'. This was the first time that the president ever addressed a Negro as 'Miss'.
Timeline small square Phillis Wheatley dies At only the age of 31. Phillis Wheatley, the Negro poet girl, died of childbirth. She died young but she had made and incredible mark on the USA. She died a few years after the revolution.
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