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Read Pgs. 31-37: Phillis Wheatley’s “On Being Brought from Africa to America”, “To the Right Honourable William, Earl of Dartmouth, His Majesty’s Principal Secretary of State of North-America, & c.”; Benjamin Banneker’s Letter to Thomas Jefferson.

In the poem “Africa to America”, Wheatley’s use of the word ‘sable’ suggests what about the color Black?

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At the end of the poem “Africa to America”, the term angelic train is a reminder that heaven is for:

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Good Christians


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In the poem “Earl of Dartmouth”, what is meant when Wheatley say’s ‘blissful sway’ in verse one, line 4?

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In the first verse, line 5, of the same poem “Earl of Dartmouth”, when Wheatley writes ‘Elate with hope her race no longer mourns,’ what did ‘race’ actually mean in this time period?

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In verse 2, line 17, the metaphor ‘iron chain’ refers to what exactly?

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In verse 3, line 27, the phrase ‘parent’s breast’ refers to the heart, but it also alludes to what else?

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By Wheatley writing this poem, what was she risking?

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How does Banneker refer to himself in the fifth paragraph of his letter to Thomas Jefferson?

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What country does Banneker mention to remind Jefferson that White Americans were once oppressed and held in economic tyranny?

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What document is Banneker referring to when he quotes “that all men are created equal,”?

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