Teaching Literature & Civics with Phillis Wheatley
What can the 18th-century Black, enslaved teenage poet Phillis Wheatley teach us today about how language can be wielded artfully to create power? Wheatley used poetry to lobby political actors (including George Washington!), challenge widely held beliefs, and advocate for freedom—including her own and that of other enslaved peoples. In this panel, public humanities experts discuss Wheatley’s legacy while showcasing projects that animate the connections between English Language Arts, Civics, and History for K-12 learners—within and beyond the sphere of the traditional classroom.
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