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Life of Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician Laura Baskes Litwin

Life of Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician

Laura Baskes Litwin

Published January 1st 2014
ISBN : 9781322024127
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98 pages
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 About the Book 

Benjamin Banneker, born in 1731, was a man ahead of his time. As a free African American in a time of slavery, Banneker was not welcome in white society, and he spent most of his life on his Maryland farm. There he harnessed his keen and curiousMoreBenjamin Banneker, born in 1731, was a man ahead of his time. As a free African American in a time of slavery, Banneker was not welcome in white society, and he spent most of his life on his Maryland farm. There he harnessed his keen and curious intellect to teach himself complex mathematics and astronomy. Banneker secured a place in history with his role in surveying the site for the capital city, Washington D.C., and his published almanacs with precise tide calculations and weather predictions. Also, Banneker himself was one of the first African Americans to speak out against slavery. Bannekers accomplishments were used by abolitionists as proof of the intellectual powers of his race. This book is developed from BENJAMIN BANNEKER: ASTRONOMER AND MATHEMATICIAN to allow republication of the original text into ebook, paperback, and trade editions.