Only a few women, such as Anne Bradstreet and Mary Rowlandson, published their writings, but many kept journals or wrote letters describing their activities.
These journals and letters became an important source of information on early American life for later historians.
Sarah Kemble Knight, for example, left a lively account of her journey on horseback from Boston to New York. In her diary Sarah Edwards recorded powerful religious experiences, describing how she felt “swallowed up in God.”
Still other women’s journals revealed what daily life was like in the years leading up to the American Revolution.
The first known African American poet was Lucy Terry Prince, who in 1746 wrote a poem about an Indian raid in Massachusetts. The poem was not published until 1855.