The Colonization Of The Americas Became A Time Of Growth Of Independence And Religious Freedoms

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The 1700s in the Americas became a time of growth of independence and religious freedoms. People began separating from the original religious sects and began searching for other ways of worship. These included revivals, outdoor sermons, and more inclusive baptisms. This allowed more people to experience religion, allowing people to decide for themselves which way of worship was right for them. Along with growing religious independence, the nation itself began to establish itself as a unified entity. The colonies began thinking of independence, away from the control of England. However, one group, enslaved Africans, remained separated and excluded from the nation’s unification. The use of slaves, common during this time, established the…show more content…
She accomplishes this within the poem by depicting her conversion to Christianity as an enslaved African, using herself as an example while calling for salvation of Africans, and through her specific use of language, word choice, and religion to separate herself from the African race in order to appeal to while colonists.
The Wheatley family purchased a young African girl, who was enslaved and sent to Boston. Her owners named her Phillis after the ship carrying her overseas. The Wheatley family taught her to read and write using the King James Bible. Wheatley utilized her education and began writing poetry. At the age of twelve, she published her first poem, making her the first African-American female poet. Later in 1770, the poem titled “On the Death of the Rev. Mr. George Whitefield” raised international attention. This attention helped Phillis Wheatley publish a book of collected poems in 1773 including poems titled “On Being Brought from Africa to America”, and “Thoughts on the Works of Providence”. Her early education not only focused on literacy, but religion, where it played a large role in her poetry. Writing an elegy for Rev. Mr. George Whitefield, an evangelist preacher who spoke to thousands of people to spread the word of God, portrayed Wheatley’s admiration for the preacher she had the opportunity to observe.
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