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Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot
     

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

by Charles Cerami
 

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The first biography of a major figure in early US and African American history

A household name and unparalleled hero revered in every African American household, Benjamin Banneker was a completely self-taught mathematical genius who achieved professional status in astronomy, navigation, and engineering. His acknowledged expertise and superior surveying

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The first biography of a major figure in early US and African American history

A household name and unparalleled hero revered in every African American household, Benjamin Banneker was a completely self-taught mathematical genius who achieved professional status in astronomy, navigation, and engineering. His acknowledged expertise and superior surveying skills led to his role as coworker with the Founding Fathers in planning our nation’s capitol, Washington, DC. His annual Banneker’s Almanac was the first written by a black and outsold the major competition. In addition, he was a vocal force in the fight for the abolition of slavery. Yet, despite his accomplishments, there has been no biography of this important man—until now. Written by an author with strong ties across the Washington-Maryland-Virginia area where abolitionist societies revered Banneker, this long overdue biography at last gives the hard-earned attention this prominent hero and his accomplishments deserve.

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* "...written with a clarity and simplicity..." (Times Literary Supplement, 31 May 2002)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470303610
Publisher:
Turner Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/21/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
650,245
File size:
2 MB

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"Herein breathes the universal genius Benjamin Banneker--mathematician, astronomer, diarist, and sage.... We are grateful to Charles Cerami, who has resurrected the spirit of a neglected giant and gifted us with a biography nearly two centuries overdue."
Kwesi Mfume, President and CEO, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People

Meet the Author

CHARLES A. CERAMI is a former principal editor of the Kiplinger Washington Publications and an economist who has written extensively for the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Parade, and other leading publications. He is the author of ten books, including Successful Leadership in Business; Alliance Born of Danger; More Profit, Less Risk; and A Marshall Plan for the 1990s.

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