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'Let my people go!' Reflections by Phillis Wheatley (1772) and a Petition for Manumission from Felix (1773)

National Archives Museum

Wednesday, June 29, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST


Actors portray two enslaved people in the early 1770s—Phillis Wheatley and a man named Felix—who imagine independence for people of color. Wheatley delivers Reflections on the Appointment of William, Earl of Dartmouth (1772), and Felix reads his Petition for Manumission to Governor Hutchinson (1773).

This is part 2 of four-part video series The Road to the Declaration of Independence: The Early 1770s—The Flame of Independence is Kindled.

July 4th with the National Archives is made possible in part by the National Archives Foundation through the generous support of John Hancock, AARP, and Dykema.



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