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A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley,… (utgåvan 2012)

av Kathryn Lasky (Författare)

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A biography of an African girl brought to New England as a slave in 1761 who became famous on both sides of the Atlantic as the first Black poet in America.
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Titel:A Voice of Her Own: Candlewick Biographies: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet
Författare:Kathryn Lasky (Författare)
Info:Candlewick (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 48 pages
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Taggar:Early american history, biography

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A Voice of Her Own: The Story of Phillis Wheatley, Slave Poet av Kathryn Lasky

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I take issue with Lasky's use of the term "enslavement" to describe the American colonies' relationship to England in the 1770s, but otherwise this is a decent basic biography. I especially appreciate the scene where Phillis has to sit at tea in the home of "the man who was responsible for her kidnapping." Framing the scene as she does, Lasky helps highlight Phillis's experience of alienation, contradiction, and trauma. ( )
  ImperfectCJ | Aug 17, 2020 |
A great informational book that delves deep into Ms.Wheatley's life. Though the book itself is good I can't help but notice a few racist undertones that could have been fixed with just a few different words. ( )
  LGillum | Feb 6, 2020 |
This biography about Phillis Wheatley is nothing short of lovely. It describes her life from the moment she was taken on the ship to America to when her Owner died. There were so many beautiful poetic elements throughout the book. Those elements lead to my interest in the book through the whole thing. I was hanging on every word.
The illustrations are beautiful and the author does a great job of doing Wheatley justice. To be a slave and be able to read and write is something almost unheard of. Wheatley had a huge impact on the black community of America when they had little to no hope. Her story is compelling and painfully beautiful. Lasky does a wonderful job of sharing it. ( )
  Kmlaiche | Jan 27, 2020 |
The life of Phillis Wheatley, who was kidnapped from the African continent and enslaved as a house servant in Boston, is told clearly and with special attention paid to Phillis's path as a poet and writer. The author pays special attention to how Phillis last saw her mother in Africa, before Phillis was separated from her mother and father by enslavement. This memory is referred to several times to show Phillis's positioning and voice as a writer – how, though she is finely educated and devoted to her craft, Phillis's life is distinct from other writers being published in the 1700s, as Phillis was the first Black American woman to be published and this occurrence was a rarity.

The illustrations are lovely oil paintings, though I did not appreciate the illustrator's note that "Phillis Wheatley proved to everyone around her that all things are possible if you work for them" – this kind of messaging implies that hard work equals success. In the light of slavery and the institution of racism, hard work rarely leads to "success" or leaving slavery. Hard work done by a Black enslaved person generally lead to continued oppression, to the benefit of white people, with little to no recourse for Black enslaved people. So this sentiment is a poor choice.

Clearly written and engrossing, but lacking in anti-racist sentiment. I would have liked to see the author push back at the institution of slavery, calling out the fact that though Phillis Wheatley was formally educated, hundreds of thousands of enslaved people were denied access to education and were brutalized. It would have also been useful if the author were to push back on the Wheatleys' role in Phillis's life. I would have liked to see Susannah and John Wheatley be referred to as slave owners, to remind the audience of their culpability to the institution of slavery - and to see some push back against the idea that Susannah Wheatley "saw Phillis as a daughter". I think the narrative of Susannah Wheatley as a kindly slave owner who just wanted a "personal servant" and was "impressed" by Phillis's intelligence is not in keeping with an anti-racist framework. Slave owners should not be portrayed as kindly or without culpability, no matter how "nicely" they treated the people they enslaved. ( )
  lydsmith | Jan 22, 2020 |
Phillis Wheatley is a name given to a young black girl by her owners. Phillis was a slave that was kidnapped from Africa far away from her mother. Phillis was an intelligent girl who soon learned how to read and write form her owner Susannah Wheatley. Phillis took an interest in poetry and became the first black women poet. After Phillis published her first book she was free'd by her owners. However, Phillis did not leave their side. Pillis continued to write poetry through out her entire life. Phillis was vocal through her poetry and she wrote to official's during the American Revolution. The last poem Phillis Wheatley wrote was, "Liberty and Peace".

This biography is significant because it explains how slave owners believed blacks cannot read or write, but the could. Phillis Wheatley became the first black poet and proved many people wrong. Phillis helped shape the world by showing that black people are also intelligent and not just slaves.

The organization of this biography is straight forward and begins when Phillis is on the ship among the other slaves. The biography ends telling about her death and the last poem she wrote.The book is accurate with information. I just wish the author added Phillis's age to the biography as the life changing events was happening.

I learned that Phillis Wheatley was the first black women poety that used her voice to show her intelligence through poetry. ( )
  A.Bode | Jan 24, 2019 |
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