SAT Subject US History Practice Question 339: Answer and Explanation
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
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.