My name is Phillis Wheatley : a story of slavery and freedom
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- ISBN: 1553378121
- ISBN: 9781553378129
152 p. : 1 port. ; 19 cm.
- Publisher: Toronto : Kids Can Press, c2009.
|Summary, etc.:||The remarkable story of the young slave Phillis Wheatley, America's first black poet.|
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2009 September #1
In the same fictionalized biography format as Cooper's My Name is Henry Bibb: A Story of Slavery and Freedom (2009), this small, powerful narrative tells of a young slave's triumphant journey to freedom, but it never denies the cruelty and ongoing oppression she faced. Phillis Wheatley grew up to be a famous American poet, and her first-person narrative begins in 1773, when she was 19 and read her work to wild acclaim in London. She remembers the murderous raid on her home in Senegal, though, and in brutal detail, she recounts the slave ship that brought her to Boston Harbor, where she was auctioned off. Bought by a kind white woman, Wheatley proves herself to be a prodigy at 12, fluent in many languages, her poetry published everywhere. The paradox of revolutionary politics will grab readers. There are abolitionists, but many white revolutionaries, including Thomas Jefferson, own slaves. Wheatley is her mistress' little pet, treated with great kindness, and yet she is not free. Her poetry is woven into the biographical details, and the haunting personal story opens up the history. Copyright 2009 Booklist Reviews.
Afua Cooper is a scholar, author and poet who specializes in the history of slavery and abolition. Her books include My Name Is Phillis Wheatley, My Name Is Henry Bibb and The Hanging of Angélique: The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal.