The Life of Benjamin Banneker: Astronomer and Mathematician, 1st Edition

  • Laura Baskes Litwin
  • Published By: Enslow Publishing
  • ISBN-10: 0766061167
  • ISBN-13: 9780766061163
  • DDC: 520.92
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade +
  • 96 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released October 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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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 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. Banneker's 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.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Design for a Capital City.
2: A Family Album.
3: Rhythms of Time.
4: New Community.
5: Navigating the Stars.
6: Abolitionists in Action.
7: Fame for a Shy Man.
8: An Honorable Life.
Chapter Notes.
Further Reading.