A VOICE OF HER OWN : THE STORY
OF PHYLLIS WHEATLEY, SLAVE POET
Cambridge, MA : Candlewick
IL K-3, RL 5.4
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Wheatley was a young African slave who was no ordinary girl. When she was
sold to the Wheatley family in Boston, they ignored the law that said slaves
could not be educated. They encouraged her thirst for knowledge and allowed
her to learn to read and write. Although educated like a white person,
she was black on the outside and could never really be accepted into white
society. She learned to live between these two worlds. Eventually, she
wrote and published her first book of poetry. You will be inspired by this
story of a truly remarkable woman who gave slaves a voice through her writing.
(Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2005-2006)
Wheatley, Phillis, 1753-1784.
African Americans -- Biography.
Women -- Biography.
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