Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley

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Phillis Sings Out Freedom: The Story of George Washington and Phillis Wheatley

1775 was a challenging year for General George Washington. His troops were young, untrained and in need of guns and cannon. They could hardly face down such a great foe as the British Army. Faced with many obstacles, Washington had doubts about the possibilities of their success. Young Phillis Wheatley had been brought to the Colonies as a slave at a very young age. She was bought by the Wheatley family and was taken into their home and educated while she served as a maid in the home. Phillis found her power in writing poetry and as Washington was struggling, she wrote him a poem of encouragement and praise. Both had enormous challenges in their lives and both overcame their difficulties. Phillis had to prove that she was indeed the author of her poetry and Washington had to arm and train his forces. Two such different human beings who shared the common traits of bravery and determination. 32 pages Ages 5-9

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