Benjamin Banneker

Overview

True or False? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and mathematics to predict a solar eclipse. True! In 1789, Banneker calculated when the moon would pass between the earth and sun. And he did it without any formal math or science training. As a young boy, he worked on the farm owned by his father, who was a freed slave in Maryland. He helped to survey and plot out the site for the U.S. capital city, Washington, D.C. He also published several almanacs that helped farmers, merchants, and sailors predict the weather...
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Overview

True or False? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and mathematics to predict a solar eclipse. True! In 1789, Banneker calculated when the moon would pass between the earth and sun. And he did it without any formal math or science training. As a young boy, he worked on the farm owned by his father, who was a freed slave in Maryland. He helped to survey and plot out the site for the U.S. capital city, Washington, D.C. He also published several almanacs that helped farmers, merchants, and sailors predict the weather and know the dates of holidays and festivals.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822589976
  • Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/28/2007
  • Series: History Maker Biographies Series
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 303,990
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Catherine A. Welch is an award-winning author and writing instructor. Her children's books include historical fiction, biographies, histories, and science books. She has received the following awards for her work: Carter G. Woodson Honor Book, Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year, and NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies.
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Table of Contents

Introduction     5
Family and Chores     6
Neighbors, Work, and Study     14
Stargazing     21
Banneker's Almanacs     32
Fears and Dreams     39
Timeline     44
Digging Up Banneker's Homesite     45
Further Reading     46
Websites     46
Select Bibliography     47
Index     48
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