This biographical timeline of Phillis Wheatley's life matches the timeline on the libguide, with credits to the Phillis Wheatley Historical Society and Vincent Caretta for informing the events on this timeline. Beginning with her birth and ending with her death, this timeline highlights the parts of Phillis Wheatley's life that have been recovered to paint the story of her legacy as the first published African American poet. Following her passing, Wheatley was then published posthumously: the widely criticized Memoir and Poems of Phillis Wheatley book was published in 1834, and the Letters of Phillis Wheatley book was published in 1864.
This timeline paints a broader picture of the period of time overlapping with Phillis Wheatley's life, specifically focusing on events during the transatlantic slave trade, the American revolution, and abolition efforts. Many of the events on this timeline informed Wheatley's writing and help us situate her legacy among a larger historical context. Credits to Britannica's timelines of the transatlantic slave trade and the American revolution for informing many of the events on this timeline.