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On Being Brought from Africa to America By Phillis Wheatley ’TWAS mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s.

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1 On Being Brought from Africa to America By Phillis Wheatley ’TWAS mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there’s a God, that there’s a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither fought now knew, Some view our sable race with scornful eye, “Their colour is a diabolic die.” Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain, May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.

2 Directions: Before reading the poem, answer questions one through three. After reading the poem, work with your group to answer the remaining questions. 1. Phillis Wheatley was taken from her home in Africa and brought to America at the age of 7. How do you think she felt about this experience and her new life of slavery? _____________________________________________________________________ 2. What do you suppose her life was like as a child in America? _____________________________________________________________________ 3. How do you think she was treated by her owners? _____________________________________________________________________

3 4. Does she sound grateful or resentful about being brought to America? _____________________________________________________________________ 5. Summarize the message of the poem on the lines below.


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