George Washington is a hero to many people because he did courageous things for a certain group of people but to another group of people he harmed and oppressed. I asked my class if they thought it was appropriate for Phillis Wheatley to write a poem praising George Washington. Phillis Wheatley was born in West Africa in 1753 and then sold into slavery at age 7 and transported to the United States. She was purchased by a family with the last name Wheatley which is how she got her last name. When Phillis’s master died she was given her freedom. She went on to publish a set of poems and marry a free man. Her poems were great and many people loved to read them, one of them being George Washington so she wrote a poem called To His Excellency General Washington. In this poem she praises and glorifies America and George Washington so I asked my class if they thought it was appropriate for Phillis to praise and Glorify George Washington and this is what many of my students said:
Student#1-She should say nice things about George because he was successful.
Student#2-I think its appropriate for Phillis to praise George because its a free country and also an amendment to have your right to follow whatever religion you please.
Student #3-Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. Back then people did not praise Washington so people probably looked at her different however her opinion is her opinion.
Student#4-She should say different things about him because he believed in enslaving people. On one who was a slave owner should not be praised. Her views of him should be negative.
Student#5-I think it is not appropriate for her to praise George because he had slaves and did not treat them as individuals.
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