Benjamin Banneker

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Benjamin Banneker's life story is filled with extraordinary accomplishments. The son and grandson of former slaves, he taught himself mathematics, astronomy, and surveying while living on an isolated family farm. Banneker participated in surveying the site of the new capital of the United States; published several popular almanacs based on his observations of the stars; and even corresponded with Thomas Jefferson, sharing his hope that the future president would change his position on slavery. During his ...

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Overview

Benjamin Banneker's life story is filled with extraordinary accomplishments. The son and grandson of former slaves, he taught himself mathematics, astronomy, and surveying while living on an isolated family farm. Banneker participated in surveying the site of the new capital of the United States; published several popular almanacs based on his observations of the stars; and even corresponded with Thomas Jefferson, sharing his hope that the future president would change his position on slavery. During his lifetime, his accomplishments were frequently referred to as important evidence proving that skin color was no prediction of intelligence or ability, examples abolitionists later used.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604137446
  • Publisher: Chelsea House Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/28/2010
  • Series: Leaders of the Colonial Era Series
  • Pages: 104
  • Sales rank: 1,102,819
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Building a Clock 7

2 Molly Welsh Arrives in America 17

3 A Boy in Maryland 30

4 Banneker the Fanner 40

5 Studying the Stars 51

6 Surveying a New Capital 61

7 Almanac Author 75

8 Final Years 85

Chronology and Timeline 92

Bibliography 95

Further Resources 97

Picture Credits 98

Index 99

About the Author 102

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