Kidnapped from West Africa and sold as a slave in Boston in 1761, the young girl who became Phillis Wheatley grew up to become an icon during the period of the American Revolution. Given the last name of her master, Wheatley was a household slave but was encouraged to read and write. Discover how this young African woman became a celebrated poet of her time, writing elegies, or tributes, to people she admired and poems that used the themes of America's struggle for independence. Having fended for themselves for nearly two generations, many citizens in America's 13 colonies resented having to pay taxes to Great Britain-a country far away across the ocean. Protest against the British government grew into rebellion; rebellion quickly turned into war. Understanding the American Revolution describes the events that led up to the fight for an independent United States of America, the battles between British and Patriot forces, and what life was like during the conflict. Book jacket.
Crabtree Publishing Company
Poet of the Revolutionary Era