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The author writes about Phillis Wheatley, first Negro writer of significance in America. She was born in Africa about 1753, was brought into America in 1761. As a slave of the John Wheatley family of Boston, she learned English and could read difficult writings within 16 months of her arrival. Her first poem was published in 1770 and in 1775 she wrote a poem honoring George Washington. In this poem she referred to the United States as ‘Columbia;’ the first use of that word with that meaning attached.