Letter to Reverend Samson Occum/Letter to John Adams. 254-255. Letter to Reverend Samson Occum, by Phillis Wheatley. First African-American poet to be published. Unusual life: kidnapped at 7 in West Africa; sold to prosperous Wheatley family at Boston slave auction.
Managed farm and family business affairs as husband became more involved in colonial politics; struggle for independence.
An Early Feminist?
Support for women’s education
Acutely aware of men’s “absolute power.”
Thinking advanced for her time—favored abolitition of slavery also.