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05/12/1784 American poet Phillis Wheatley dies

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Phillis Wheatley clip from series "Great African American Authors"

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Phillis Wheatley and St. Augustine: Celebrating 100 Years

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Phillis Wheatley's "On Being Brought from Africa to America" Read by Cornelius Eady

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Phillis Wheatley George Washington Poem Featurette

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Vincent Carretta: "Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage"

Phillis Wheatley was the first published African-American female poet. As a slave she was taught how to read and write, later being emancipated after the publication of her book. However, Wheatley fell into poverty after her husband was imprisoned for a debt which caused her to die of illness soon after.
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    • Later life 

    • Poetry 

    • Style, structure, and influences on poetry 

    • Scholarly critique of Wheatley 

    • Legacy and honors