Phillis Wheatley
by Samantha D.

 Phillis Wheatley was born in 1753. She was a young child when she was taken from her family in Africa with about 80 other captured people on a slave ship. The slave ship came to Boston, Massachusetts in 1761 and a man named John Wheatley bought Phillis.

When Phillis was fourteen she started to write poems. She became famous for her poetry. People from other colonies came to meet the poet. In 1773, Phillis had a chance to go to England. She was not even 20 years old. She was able to get her poems published. It was the first book ever published by a black person from North America.

When Phillis came back to America, Boston was caught up in the Revolutionary War. Phillis wrote a poem about George Washington and sent it to him. General Washington wrote back to her and thought she was very talented. But Phillis did not have an easy life. She was sick a lot and died when she was only 31 years old.



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