* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
On Being Brought from Africa to America

On Being Brought from Africa to America

by Phillis Wheatley

Analysis: Trivia

Brain Snacks: Tasty Tidbits of Knowledge

Not only did Phillis Wheatley write amazing, super-awesome-to-the-max poems, but she was the first African-American to publish a book. Check it out here. (Source.)

Don't like your name? Phillis Wheatley was actually named after the slave ship, Phillis, that brought her over from Africa. Check out this article about her life to find out more. (Source.)

Phillis was born in Gambia, and died in Boston at the tragically young age of 31. Childbirth was the reason. Sad. (Source.)

She once wrote a poem to George Washington. Must've been a big fan! (Source.)

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement