Mexico Leigh Whaley See also: Art, Fine; Arts, Culture, and Intellectual Life (Chronology); Arts, Culture, and Intellectual Life (Essay). Mexico City Map Tourist Attractions Bibliography Abrams, Ann Uhry. The Valiant Hero. Benjamin West and Grand-Style History Painting. Washington, DC: Smithsonian Institution Press, 1985. Alberts, Robert C. Benjamin West: A Biography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1978. Erffa, Helmut von, and Allen Staley. The Paintings of Benjamin West. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1986. Evans, Grose. Benjamin West and the Taste of His Times. Carbondale: Southern Ilinois Press, 1969. Galt, John. The Life, Studies and Work of Benjamin West, Esq. 2 vols. London: Cadell & Davies, 18161820. Wheatley, Phillis (c. 17541784) Phillis Wheatley arrived in colonial Boston as a slave from Africa in 1761.
Bought by Susannah Wheatley, the wife of a prosperous Boston tailor, for a trifle, the young girl soon exhibited an innate intelligence that would make her the toast of the colonies and of London. Like many slaves in the Northern colonies, she was put to work as a domestic servant. Within a year of her arrival, the little girl had learned to speak English remarkably well.
Recognizing her abilities, her owners arranged for her to be educated by tutors and themselves. Soon, young Phillis Wheatley was more educated than many white children in Boston. She studied astronomy, geography, and world history, and she showed a gift for understanding and discussing complicated passages of Scripture. Early on, she was excused from doing her regular household chores, and eventually, the Wheatleys also removed her from the company of other African Countrys in the household and the neighborhood.
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