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 her...

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

Although her life (and stature) was short, Phillis Wheatley’s impact was mighty. We don’t know much about her early life except that she showed up in Boston Harbor on a slave ship in 1761. Her age estimations put her around the age of seven. Considering that she was...

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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