SAT Subject US History Practice Question 339: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 339

50. Who was the first African-American to publish a book?

A. Phillis Wheatley
B. Olaudah Equiano
C. Frederick Douglass
D. Crispus Attucks
E. Venture Smith

Correct Answer: A

Explanation:

Phillis Wheatley's volume of poetry was published in England in 1773 and in the United States in 17rispus Attucks, a victim of the Boston Massacre, never wrote a book; the other three are authors of slave narratives that postdate Wheatley's book.

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