Hannah More

Born in the 1700s, Hannah More was the fourth of five daughters. Her family moved frequently due to her father’s occupation. As a result, Hannah and her sisters met a variety of people from different economic and religious backgrounds. This greatly influenced...

Lucy Terry

Lucy Terry Prince. Oil painting by Louise Minks. Like many slaves of Colonial America, Lucy Terry came to Rhode Island from Africa as a very young child in the early 1730s. Purchased by Ebenezer Wells of Massachusetts, Lucy grew up in a time of turmoil with local...

Phillis Wheatley

Her poems provide a window into Black girls’ culture, slavery, and the emergence of abolitionism before and during the American Revolution. Her statue sits in Boston, Massachusetts, as a memorial to her achievements, which have been debated from her youth until...

Phoebe Hessel

March 1713 was a time when women were expected to stay home, pursue domestic work, marry. It was a time when women were defined and controlled by the men they were related to and the ones they associated with. March 1713 was a time when the actions of a woman could...

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