Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780471387527
Publisher: Turner Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/16/2002
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 370,761
Product dimensions: 6.44(w) x 9.56(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents



1. The Prince and the Convict.

2. Lessons, Precious and Painful.

3. The Lurking Terror.

4. A Door Opens Wider.

5. The Great Unknown.

6. Enter the Ellicotts.

7. Turning Night into Day.

8. The Unfinished Revolution.

9. Attracted to the City.

10. Meanwhile,at Mount Vernon.

11. Astonishing Choices.

12. Back Home to Plant ...and Publish.

13. A Declaration of Indignation.

14. A Founder s Crafty Response.

15. A Place Among the Greats.

16. The Sage s Years of Glory.

17. Living Off the Land Again.

18. Ennobled by Flame.

Appendix I:The Dogon Ancestors.

Appendix II:A Significant Similarity.


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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

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