Helped define the checks and balances of the american

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helped define the " checks and balances " of the American form of government . 3. Phillis Wheatley was an Africa-American poet. She spoke no English when she arrived from Africa in 1761. By 1765 she had written her first poem. It was very difficult for her to submit any kind of work at that time. Even after the validation of the esteemed Bostonians, no American publisher was willing to take on Wheatley’s manuscript. In letter s to her best friends, Obour Tanner, a black woman she had met in Providence, Wheatley argued for inherent right of blacks to be free. She used her fame and her acquaintance with political figures to complain bitterly about the human costs of the slave trade, as in a famous poem called “To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth”. And there is a letter Wheatley wrote about the evils of slavery to the Reverend Samsom Occom, a Mohegan Indian minister in the Countress’s circle. In the half century following her death, Wheatley remained something as an icon in the abolitionist movement, and was frequently cited as proof of African’s innate intellectual equality with whites. If Wheatley stood for anything it was the creed that culture did, or could, belong equally to everyone.
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