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Call for Papers on Phillis Wheatley (Peters)

Early American Literature will publish a special issue on the poet Phillis Wheatley, later called Phillis Peters. Here is the call for papers from the editors of this issue. The recognition that Phillis Wheatley (Peters) is a significant figure in early...
From: Boston 1775 on 13 Dec 2020

October 19

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “An Elegiac Poem, On the Death of … GEORGE WHITEFIELD.” The Boston Massacre and the death of George Whitefield both occurred in 1770, separated by almost six...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 19 Oct 2020

October 17

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago this week? “Great Allowance to travelling Traders, &c.” Following the death of George Whitefield, one of the most prominent ministers associated with the eighteenth-century...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Oct 2020

October 11

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? “AN Elegiac POEM, on the Death of … GEORGE WHITEFIELD … By PHILLIS.” On October 11, 1770, coverage of George Whitefield’s death on September 30 continued...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 11 Oct 2020

International Women’s Day: ten books by eighteenth-century women you may not have read

Through no fault of their own, many brilliant eighteenth-century women have fallen into obscurity, either because their work was little-valued in their own time or because, although they were popular among their contemporaries, subsequent scholarship...
From: Voltaire Foundation on 9 Mar 2020

“My Eyes never beheld such a funeral”

Yesterday I described how the Boston Whigs prepared for young Christopher Seider’s funeral procession on Monday, 26 Feb 1770. The first newspaper published after that date was the 1 March Boston News-Letter, and it reported on the event this way:a...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Feb 2020

A Graphic Profile of Phillis Wheatley

Earlier this week, Dave Kellett’s Sheldon comic strip featured a single panel titled “Anatomy of Phillis Wheatley.” Around a picture of the young poet are remarks on her life and legacy.Back in 2011 I discussed why I think it’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Jun 2019

Symposium on Washington and Women at Mount Vernon, 2-3 Nov.

Last year I had the honor of speaking at the George Washington Symposium at Mount Vernon, organized by the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington. This year’s symposium, to take place on 2-3 November, has the theme “‘A...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Sep 2018

Phillis Wheatley Day at Old South, 18 Aug.

The Old South Meeting House traditionally observes 18 August as Phillis Wheatley Day, commemorating the anniversary of when the young African-born poet joined the congregation in 1771.This year that date falls on this coming Saturday. At 12:00 noon and...
From: Boston 1775 on 17 Aug 2018

Coming Soon: “Fashioning the New England Family”

The Massachusetts Historical Society and Prof. Kimberly Alexander have spent two years preparing an exhibit based on garments, cloth samples, accoutrements, and manuscripts in the society’s collection. “Fashioning the New England Family”...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Feb 2018

Phyllis Wheatley and the Abolitionist Alternative

By Spencer Jackson, The University of Queensland Near the end of his wonderful new history of the Russian Revolution, October,[1] China Miéville quotes Bruno Schulz’s 1937 reflections on ‘events that have no place of their own in time’....
From: Histories of Emotion on 30 Nov 2017

False Anniversaries for Equiano and Wheatley

Earlier this month, on 16 October, Google’s doodle of the day featured the eighteenth-century author Olaudah Equiano, as shown above. Which was great, except that the company said it was doing so to celebrate Equiano’s 272nd birthday. Many...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Oct 2017

A Common-place Sampling

The online history magazine Common-place just released a new issue featuring thirteen essays by young scholars on thirteen varied texts from or about early America. Each short essay is accompanied by a link, so it functions as an introduction to that...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jul 2017

We Actually Have Two New American Revolution Museums

The Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia isn’t the only new museum focusing on that important national transition. Last month I attended one of the opening days of the other one, the American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. And it’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Apr 2017

“Sent you one of phillis whetleys books”

Yesterday I quoted from a letter that Deborah Cushing sent her husband Thomas in September 1774 when he was serving in the First Continental Congress.When that letter is cited today, it’s usually because Cushing mentioned the poet Phillis Wheatley....
From: Boston 1775 on 11 Apr 2017

Vincent Carretta on John Peters

One of the many notable achievements of Vincent Carretta’s Phillis Wheatley: Biography of a Genius in Bondage is its picture of the man Wheatley married, John Peters. As Carretta writes in a recent blog post at the Oxford University Press website:Until...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Feb 2017

Upcoming History Workshops for Teachers

Here are a couple of teacher workshops coming up at historic sites. The Massachusetts Historical Society is offering “Women in the Era of the American Revolution” on 22-23 February. It says:Study the revolution through the words and artifacts...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Jan 2017

Boston Slave Poet Phillis Wheatley d 1784

When a London bookseller presented the manuscript of Phillis Wheatley's 1773 Poems on Various Subjects to the Countess of Huntingdon, the anti-slavery English noblewoman was reportedly "fond of having the book dedicated to her; but one thing she desir'd...
From: 18th-century American Women on 17 Oct 2016

Wheatley and Attucks “Against All Odds” Advertisements

On his Black Quotidian website, Matt Delmont shares material from African-American newspapers—the news stories, opinion pieces, and advertisements that black Americans in larger cities were reading in the late 19th and 20th centuries. Earlier this...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Sep 2016

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