During 1753, Phillis Wheatley was born in Africa. Her life was dull, working and struggling with all of the other poor kids, up until she was 8 years old. Then, she was kidnapped and shipped to North America to be sold as a slave to John and Susannah Wheatley. She was now part of the Wheatley family with John, Susannah, and Nathaniel Wheatley. All very religious, like Phillis herself. This was during 1761- she was 8 years old. Then, instead of being the particular slave she was taught to read and write by Susannah Wheatley. She also learned Latin and Greek. That allowed her to start writing poems (mostly elegies) which she worked very hard at, beginning at 13 years old. Her first poem was published in 1765 when she was 15 years old. A year later, she got baptized when she was 18 years old. (Technically an adult)
Follow your dreams like Phillis Wheatley did. You can achieve success and overcome other things that hold you back. Nothing is impossible, even though some great things may seem so. You can always push through hard things, and achieve your dreams.
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