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We Do Not Know Her Real Name

By posted at 3:03 pm on September 1, 2016 0

Today in 1773, 20-year-old Phillis Wheatley became the first published African-American author of a book of poetry. Pair with our own Ed Simon‘s case for the candidacy of her work as national epic.

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