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Phillis Wheatley (Carr)

SKU ‎ 9781601788337


No one could have imagined that the frail, enslaved, seven-year-old girl who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts, in 1761 would become the first published African American, achieving fame for her poetry in both America and England. After arriving, Phillis quickly learned to read the Bible and other classic literature, publishing her first poem in 1767 when she was thirteen and a book of poetry in 1773. Her poetry encouraged freedom for all people, and she proved to a doubting generation that intelligence and creativity are not limited to a particular ethnicity. Through Phillis's story, young readers will learn the importance of trusting God's plan while standing up for justice and the good of other human beings.


  • Author: Simonetta Carr
  • Pages: 64
  • Hardcover
  • Published in 2021


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Product Details:

  • Hardcover:  64 pages
  • Published:  2021
  • ISBN: ‎ 9781601788337
  • Author:  Simonetta Carr


  • Award-winning author Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. She worked first as elementary school teacher and then as home-schooling mother for many years. Besides writing books, she has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world and has translated the works of several authors from English into Italian and viceversa. Presently, she lives in San Diego with her husband Thomas and the youngest of her eight children. She is a member and Sunday School teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.



  • "Phillis Wheatley is the quintessential persona non grata of African American history. The powers that be of her day could not believe that the beautiful, eloquent poems ascribed to her could emanate from someone so young, so female, and so Black. Later generations of Black activists and intellectuals failed to appreciate her theological underpinnings, which included an understanding of God's sovereignty and divine providence, even in relation to the atrocious and sinful institution of slavery. I am eternally grateful to Simonetta Carr for bringing the complex story of this prodigious and profound poet to the consciousness of a new generation of young readers." -- Ken Jones, pastor of Glendale Missionary Baptist Church, Miami, Florida, and cohost of the White Horse Inn

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction
    Chapter 1 - Kidnapped
    Chapter 2 - A Gifted Girl
    Chapter 3 - International Fame
    Chapter 4 - The Cost of Freedom
    Chapter 5 - Through the War
    Chapter 6 - Making Ends Meet
    Chapter 7 - Legacy
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