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The Life and Writings of Phillis Wheatley

Celebrating African-American History

2020-02-23 14:00:00 2020-02-23 16:00:00 America/New_York The Life and Writings of Phillis Wheatley Hampton Park Library - Hampton Park Meeting Room

Sunday, February 23
2:00pm - 4:00pm

Add to Calendar 2020-02-23 14:00:00 2020-02-23 16:00:00 America/New_York The Life and Writings of Phillis Wheatley Hampton Park Library - Hampton Park Meeting Room

Hampton Park Library

Hampton Park Meeting Room

Celebrate African American History Month with the next event in our ongoing "Race and American Culture" series led by Dr. Ian Afflerbach.

Dr. Afflerbach will examine the life and writings of Phillis Wheatley. In 1773, Wheatley published her first book of poetry--the first of its kind by any person of African descent in English. For this reason, Wheatley marks the inaugural moment of an African-American literary tradition.

Explore Wheatley's most iconic poem, "On Being Brought from Africa to America," while also discussing her difficult path to publication, including the infamous "Prefaces" that had to accompany her volume in order to convince white readers that this creative and intelligent African-American woman really existed. 

Copies of the Prefaces and the poem "On Being Brought from Africa to America" are available at your branch's Ask Us desk or The Project Gutenberg.

Celebrating African-American History is sponsored by FCPL Friends & Advocates.

About Dr. Ian Afflerbach

Dr. Ian Afflerbach is an Assistant Professor of American Literature at the University of North Georgia, where he teaches and researches in 20th century American literature, political history, African-American studies, and the history of ideas.

He holds a Ph.D. from the University of California, Davis, and has lived in Montreal, Vermont, North Carolina, and Germany. His writing has appeared in journals like English Literary HistoryModern Fiction Studies, and Studies in the Novel. He was named a 2019 Fellow by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies in Mainz, Germany.

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