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The Resource Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom : history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution, G.J. Barker-Benfield

Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom : history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution, G.J. Barker-Benfield

Label
Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom : history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution
Title
Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom
Title remainder
history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution
Statement of responsibility
G.J. Barker-Benfield
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Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
There is an uncomfortable paradox at the heart of the American Revolution: many of the men leading the war for independence were slave owners, contradicting the ideal of freedom that they claimed to represent. Meanwhile, abolitionist sentiments of the time contained contradictions as well. Abolitionists encouraged freed Christianized slaves to return to Africa. In this way, they hoped to send more missionaries to Africa in order to Christianize the continent and, at the same time, to send free blacks away from America. This tension is revealed through the dramatic story of Phillis Wheatley, an African-American poet who refused to marry a man she had never met and return with him to Africa as a missionary. She was enslaved in Africa as a child and transported to Boston, where she was sold to an evangelical family. Agreeing to the proposed marriage--arranged by Congregationalist minister Samuel Hopkins--would have echoed the social mores of the time, particularly those for enslaved black women. However, due to her prodigious talents as a poet, Wheatley won her freedom a year prior to Hopkins' arrangement, allowing her to take her future into her own hands. G.J. Barker-Benfield considers Wheatley's story and Hopkins's plan in the broader context of the American Revolution. The ideals of the revolution motivated Hopkins and some of his contemporaries to propose freeing African slaves and thus address the "monstrous inconsistency" fundamental to the white slave owners leading the revolution. In so doing, they presented themselves as freedom fighters who resisted the threat of slavery at the hands of British tyranny. Wheatley challenged this inconsistency and, taking the revolutionaries' rhetoric seriously, called for liberty for all human hearts: women's and men's, blacks' and whites'
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Barker-Benfield, G. J.,
Index
index present
LC call number
PS866.W5
LC item number
Z56 2018
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Wheatley, Phillis
  • Wheatley, Phillis
  • African American women poets
  • Poets, American
  • Women slaves
  • American poetry
  • African American women poets
  • Poets, American
  • Poets, American
  • Women slaves
  • United States
Label
Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom : history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution, G.J. Barker-Benfield
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Britain sends an African missionary to Africa -- Prospects of an American mission to Anomabu -- From Africa to America -- Wheatley gains Huntingdon's patronage -- The publication of Wheatley's Poems on various subjects, religious and moral -- Married in Africa or free in America -- Freedom and death
Control code
1029062604
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9781479879250
Lccn
2017054988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446265
System control number
(OCoLC)1029062604
Label
Phillis Wheatley chooses freedom : history, poetry, and the ideals of the American Revolution, G.J. Barker-Benfield
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Introduction -- Britain sends an African missionary to Africa -- Prospects of an American mission to Anomabu -- From Africa to America -- Wheatley gains Huntingdon's patronage -- The publication of Wheatley's Poems on various subjects, religious and moral -- Married in Africa or free in America -- Freedom and death
Control code
1029062604
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
ix, 221 pages
Isbn
9781479879250
Lccn
2017054988
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other control number
40028446265
System control number
(OCoLC)1029062604

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