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Wheatley was remarkably intelligent, a child prodigy. She was more than just a slave, but a companion to John Wheatley’s wife, Susannah. Susannah was very sympathetic towards her and taught her how to read and write. This was considered a privilege in those days, considering very few white women received an education. Through this education, she was able to read Latin and learn the Bible well, which lead to her poems. Only twelve years after she arrived in America, her poems were published. These poems brought her recognition and respect, and the fact that she was America’s first black woman poet (Reuben, 2011) contributed to her sense of personal identity. Although Wheatley received public attention through her poems, what seems to have made her life challenging was the fact that she was a black slave born in Africa. However, according to her biography, she was freed from slavery in 1773 when Susannah was dying, which Wheatley seemed to have hoped would give her the power to help with abolition of slavery. What unite Wheatley, Douglass, and Hughes’ texts are the common goals of American
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