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Phillis Wheatley was both the second published African-American poet and first published African-American woman. Born in Senegambia, she was sold into slavery at the age of 7 and transported to North America. She was purchased by the Wheatley family of Boston, who taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry when they saw her talent. The publication of her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral brought her fame both in England and the American colonies; figures such as George Washington praised her work. During Wheatley's visit to England with her master's son, the African-American poet Jupiter Hammon praised her work in his own poem. Wheatley was emancipated after the death of her master John Wheatley. She married soon after. Two of her children died as infants. After her husband was imprisoned for debt in 1784, Wheatley fell into poverty and died of illness, quickly followed by the death of her surviving infant son.

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One Being Brought From Africa To America
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To the University of Cambridge
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An Hymn To The Morning
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On Being Brought from Africa to America
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His Excellency General Washington
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On Virtue
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An Hymn to Humanity
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To A Gentleman And Lady On The Death Of The Lady's Brother And Sister, And A Child Of The Name Of Avis, Aged One Year
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On Imagination
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To a Lady and Her Children
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Thoughts On The Works Of Providence
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On The Death Of Rev. Mr. George Whitefield
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Ode To Neptune
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An Hymn To The Evening
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On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Years Of Age
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A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An Infant Of Twelve Months
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To S. M. A Young African Painter, On Seeing His Works
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To The King's Most Excellent Majesty 1768
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A Farewel To America to Mrs. S. W.
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Goliath Of Gath
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On Recollection
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To A Lady On The Death Of Her Husband
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On the Death of J.C. an Infant
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An Answer To The Rebus, By The Author Of These Poems
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To Maecenas
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