Analysis Of On Being Brought From Africa To America

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Wheatley, Phillis. “On Being Brought from Africa to America.” Poetry Foundation, Poetry Foundation, Accessed 4 Sept. 2017. Phillis Wheatley was the first African American and one of the first women to publish poetry in the colonies. Slave traders took her from West Africa and enslaved her in Boston where her slaveholders educated her, allowing her to develop the ability to write and read. In the poem “On Being Brought from Africa to America,” she discusses the role that religion has in America. In the first half of her poem, Wheatley talks specifically about her discovery of Christianity; she refers to the “mercy” that enabled her to understand the concept of redemption in Christ. Then, she incorporates racial issues into her poem. She addresses the discrimination that her race faces but claims that Christianity can save and redeem anybody regardless of racial background. When she pronounces the religion has no racial boundaries, Wheatley addresses the role of religion in America. Her poem supports the argument that religion in America serves to act as a unifying factor. Although religion may not confer equality to every human, it brings them together to worship and praise one god, which helps to develop cooperation and nationalism among the citizens. Many sources declare Christianity as a common foundation that the diversity of America rests upon; however, since this poem is from the point of view

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