The Trials of Phillis Wheatley

America's First Black Poet and Her Encounters With the Founding Fathers
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Based on the 2002 Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities at the Library of Congress. Explores the roles that Wheatley and Jefferson have played in shaping the black literary tradition. Debates the controversy surrounding Wheatley in her day and illustrates the pecular history that resulted in Thomas Jefferson's being lauded as…

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