Phillis Wheatley Chooses Freedom
History, Poetry, and the Ideals of the American Revolution
"In Barker-Benfield’s imaginative and skillful telling, the full intellectual and historical stature of Phillis Wheatley is revealed for all to see. This acute and cleverly-crafted study confirms Wheatley’s trans-Atlantic importance. Here is an African voice, fired by personal anger and deep religious sentiment, speaking the truth of slavery to the educated world of late 18th century. This is a study of major importance for anyone interested in the history of Anglo-American sensibility, the emergence of anti-slavery sentiment and the remarkable networks of Africans scattered throughout the slave diaspora."
—James Walvin, University of York
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