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Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral, written by Phillis Wheatley, the first published African-American author, was lauded in both Europe and the American colonies as an example of the artistic and intellectual equality of people of African descent. Wheatley was born in Africa but was captured and brought to America as an enslaved child. This original copy of her work, published in 1773, is autographed by Wheatley.

Object Details

  • Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral
    Written by Phillis Wheatley
    London, England
    1773
    Leather, Paper, Linen
    Museum of the American Revolution, Gift of Dr. Marion T. Lane
    2019.03.01

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