Critical Background/Contexts for Phillis Wheatley
* Her importance is founded upon being the first African American to publish a book in 1773. Her work is highly influenced by the tenets of Neoclassicism, and especially poets such as Alexander Pope,
* First Africans brought to America a) 1519 b) 1619 c) 1719 ?
First Africans brought to America a) 1519 b) 1619 c) 1719 ?
1619-Approximately 20 blacks from a Dutch slaver are purchased as indentur
The African American Vernacular Tradition
As the introduction to the Norton Anthology states, "In African American literature, the vernacular refers to the church songs, blues, ballads, sermons, stories, and, in our own era, hip hop songs that are pa
Key Ideas and Characteristics in Slave Narratives
• The Slave Narrative is referred to in AfricanAmerican literature as
a Black Letter/Message in a White envelope.
Olaudah Equiano (published his narrative in 1789)
• Spiritual autobiography can be regar