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    to expand the mind with action did not exist” (44). Additionally, Walker speaks of a young, creatively inclined slave girl from the 1700s by the name of Phillis Wheatley, whose poetic abilities were “…so thwarted and hindered by…contrary instincts, that she …lost her health…” (46). She goes on to explain that as a slave in America, Phillis Wheatley struggled with the yearning to express herself creatively whilst living an impoverished life that forced her to work so hard; her health eventually…

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    Phillis Wheatley's Poem

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    Phillis Wheatley recognized that white people justified their immoral actions by arguing that they’re saving their slaves by converting them to Christianity. Wheatley decided to take her observations and turn it into the poem, “On Being Brought from Africa to America”. In this poem, the speaker is an educated slave who uses diction to mock and accuse highly educated Americans by pretending that she agrees with her target audience’s viewpoints. Wheatley develops the themes of slave conversion and…

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    The novel is based on the author's life, she goes into detail about her sexual exploitation, her time spent in hiding in a tiny crawlspace above the ceiling of her grandmother's shed for seven years and eventually her escape. Similarly to Phillis Wheatley, Harriet Jacobs also needed someone to vouch for her before publishing her book. It was her activist friend Lydia Maria Child who wrote a preface to her novel and only then was it published by the “Thayer and Eldridge” publishing house in 1861…

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    Autobiographic or personal writing’s The narratives by Mary Rowlandson, Sarah Kemble Knight, and Olaudah Equiano are all autobiographic or personal stories that have been the landmarks of the early American literature. Both Rowlandson's Narrative and Knight's Journal track the solitary encounters of real puritan women who move past their familiar place in the pioneer property. Although the fortuitous distinction between Rowlandson's and Knight's goes from which their accounts were created, the…

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    The thesis for Bell’s article on Dolly Madison on the other hand focuses on more specific parts of the article. The thesis of this articles gradually develops from talking about how most first ladies are usually overlooked and making its way to the main point which is mostly about Dolly Madison’s character and personality as a first lady. This part of the thesis focuses on the dual-temperaments of Dolly Madison where in one moment she is “ruling Washington by means of her famous soirees” and…

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    theme that both fiction and non-fiction works have is their obsession with is the parent to child relationship of Britain to America. The hope and drive for freedom from Britain encouraged, symbolized, and fought for throughout Benjamin Franklin, Phillis Wheatley, Washington Irving, and Nathanial Hawthorne’s works. Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography expanded over a period of nineteen years starting in 1771. He accounts for how high esteem he holds his father “He had an excellent Constitution of…

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    Freedom is the outcome of what the authors’ hoped for the revolutionary war. The author, Phillis Wheatley became a slave as a child fortunately was educated by her masters enabling her to write. In her poem to the Earl of Dartmouth, 1772, who is King George’s Secretary of State , Wheatley reveals her feelings of sadness being taken away from her parents at an early age, undergoing a relentless journey to become a slave, and it’s oppression on her life. The document is a plea asking the Earl…

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    “Everywhere immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”~John F. Kennedy. What Kennedy is trying to say is that immigrants that came to America helped make more job opportunities for the immigrants and Americans. The American Dream has one common theme for immigrants is to come to America for better opportunities and living wages in America. The speakers share one common theme. They were forced to come to America from where they was before. All three authors was…

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    Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America” is an insight about how she feels about her life in America as a slave. This poem in particularly gives an insight on how Christianity, racism and other factors shaped her perspective as a slave. She uses various literary tools to convey her messages and background as her life as a slave. These messages include the use of Christianity, race and referencing Cain which are all connected back to slavery. Only focusing on the last three…

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    born October 17, 1711 was a Black poet who developed into being the first African-American published writer in America. His first poem appeared in print in 1760. Hammon was a slave his entire life and the date of his death have yet to be discovered. Phillis Wheatly was the first African American poet and first African American woman whose writings helped create the genre of African American literature. She was born in Gambia, and made a slave at 7 years old. Hammon wrote a response to various…

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