TIL: Thomas Jefferson criticized the poetry of Phillis Wheatley saying it was “entirely derivative and imitative, completely devoid of originality” because she ” lacks the intellect of the white race.” After which she traveled to Europe and became the first published black poet.

Read more: https://cwi.pressbooks.pub/americanliterature/chapter/phillis-wheatley-thomas-jefferson-and-the-debate-over-poetic-genius/

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