Phillis Wheatley (1753-1784)

    Phillis Wheatley was seven when she was kidnapped in Africa, brought to America, and sold to well-to-do Bostonian Susanna Wheatley.  She was evidently treated well by members of this Christian household, who tutored her in English, Latin, and the Bible.  She is best known for her poems on piety and patriotism.