Beyond the Painful Chains of Slavery: Phillis Wheatley, the First Published Female African-American Poet

BY WALTER OPINDE Despite being enslaved from Africa, Phillis Wheatley became the first slave, the first African-American, and the third female in the United States to ever publish a poetry book. Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753 in Senegal/Gambia (West Africa). Having been kidnapped in 1761, at the age of about 8 years, Phillis was…

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