Veronica Patterson

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Veronica Patterson

* Born ~ 1753* Died ~ December 5, 1784* 1761 ~ kidnapped and brought to Boston for slavery* Suffered from poor health* Age 12 ~ wrote first published poem* 1773 ~ first and only book of poems published* 1773 ~ first African American and first U.S. slave to publish a book of poems* 1778 ~ married free African American slave, John Peters* had 3 children; all died in infancy* marriage was a struggle; battled poverty constantly* forced to find work in a boarding house as a maid* strong supporter of America's fight for independence* wrote many poems for George Washington


* Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral* Only one volume of poems published into a book* honored by Washington but received no awards as African Americans didn't receive any at that time. *Very Successful in life and after death

* Neoclassic style of hero couplets* On Being Brought From Africa to America -----------"Twas mercy brought me from my Pagan land, Taught my benighted soul to understand That there's a God, that there's a Saviour too: Once I redemption neither sought nor knew. Some view our sable race with scornful eye, "Their colour is a diabolic die." Remember, Christians, Negros, black as Cain, May be refin'd and join th'angelic train."

Lasting Impact

* first African American woman to publish a book



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Most Important Works

Symbol of Work

* Independence for America

Motivation for Work

* Symbol of work ~ celebrations of America* many colonial leaders supported her work


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