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菲莉斯惠特利 (Phyllis Wheatley) :第一位出版专书的非裔美国人
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就在她回家不久之后,惠特利得到了自由。做为一个自由的女性,她写了一封反对奴隶制度的信与一首诗给曾经碰过面的乔治华盛顿。华盛顿在给惠特利的回信中感谢她的来信,并且赞扬惠特利有「伟大的诗文天赋」。 

菲莉斯惠特利在1778年嫁给同是自由黑人的约翰彼得斯 (John Peters) ,并且出版了另外三篇诗作。然而,她的丈夫在生意上并不成功。惠特利后来只能去帮佣。在惠特利去世的时候,她是非常的穷困。不过,虽然她死于贫穷,但是她死去时是一个自由的女性。


Soon after she returned home, Wheatley was given her freedom. As a free woman, she published both an antislavery letter and a poem to George Washington, whom she had met. Washington wrote to Wheatley, thanking her and praising her "great poetical Talents."

Phyllis Wheatley married John Peters, a free black man, in 1778 and published three more poems. Her husband, however, was not as successful in business. Wheatley became a servant later on in her life, and when she died, she was very poor. Although she died poor, she died a free woman.

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