Phillis Wheatleys Second Chance

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Phillis Wheatley’s Second Chance Many of us have heard the horrific stories of the slaves during 1700-1820, but what many have not heard is the story of those who were lucky enough to get a second chance. No matter the circumstances behind it; for Phyllis Wheatley her second chance came when she was around the age of seven years old when she was sold to John and Susanne Wheatley of Boston July 11, 1761. Wheatley’s biological name and definite age, sadly enough was never known but her birth date is suspected of being around 1753-1755. Wheatley later becomes known as the Slave Poet of Colonial American, in which will never be forgotten. She was transported to America from her homeland of Gambia, Africa on a ship titled, The Phillis; were her name is thought to have derived from. During her life educated African American’s were rarely educated, not mention children of her age. It was thought that education could encourage the slaves to rebel and this is exactly not what the white owners wanted, as for most slaves were purchased to construct hard labor and take care of the house and children. Women of any color were behind the reins of those in control, and to see a woman publishing books was all too surreal. Wheatley got her education from her owners John, Susanne and their daughter Mary, an education and a since of confidence that she most likely would have This was truly like striking gold for Wheatley; she published her first poem at age twelve, "On Messrs. Hussey and Coffin." Besides her help at home with her personal advancement and encouragement, Wheatley seemed to be surrounded by supporters such as Selina Hastings, who was a friend of the Wheatley's who greatly encouraged and financed the publication of her book of poetry, Poems. Another person worth mentioning is Obour Tanner; a former slave who made the journey through the middle passage with Phillis
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