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All-American Newsreel

Kathryn Talalay

in Composition in Black and White

Published in print May 1998 | ISBN: 9780195113938
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853816 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195113938.003.0006
All-American Newsreel

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This chapter talks about the genius of Philippa, well-known at a very young age as the “three-year-old colored kid in Harlem”, because at her age she could already read, write, and spell words. Lincoln Barnett had also written an article for the New York Herald Tribune about how intelligent she was. In 1934, Philippa was first introduced to the typewriter and then the piano and she would spend hours playing melodies and scales on one keyboard, then typing poems and short stories on the typewriter. Philippa made the news in 1935 for being the youngest American to spell the biggest and longest word in the English language, the word pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis. NYU tested Philippa's EQ and IQ and the results were 200 and 179 to 185, respectively proving her gift. At the age of four and ten months Philippa took part in her first musical competition and she was one of the seven winners.

Keywords: genius; All-American Newsreel; Harlem; Lincoln Barnett; IQ test; pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanokoniosis

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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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