Poetry, Slavery, and Faith: A Biography of Phillis Wheatley

I love biography episodes because, although the saints can no longer come in to be interviewed as guests on the podcast, their lives have much to teach us. I choose women whose stories interest me but also those whose faith remained strong through testing and adversity. Today’s episode is about the life of Phillis Wheatley, and she definitely fits that bill.

The name Phillis Wheatley is well-known, and chances are you’ve learned about her in your U.S. History class or perhaps in a literature class. She was a famous poet in the late 1700’s. She also happened to be enslaved for much of her writing career. Her story is complicated and tragic but also courageous and amazing.

In this episode I have given a brief synopsis of Phillis Wheatley’s life and career accomplishments. If you find that you’re interested in learning more about her life, there are many books and biographies from which to choose. The three sources I used for this podcast are listed below:

What about Phillis Wheatley’s story resonated with you? I’d love to hear about it. Comment below or join the conversation on PRN’s Facebook page.

May you be encouraged on your journey with Jesus.

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