The Life of Benjamin Banneker

The Life of Benjamin Banneker

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Originally published by Scribner in 1972 to wide praise and critical acclaim, Silvio Bedini's work remains the definitive biography of Benjamin Banneker, the self-educated mathematician and astronomer who became America's first black scientist. Born a free man in Maryland in 1731, he had little formal education but developed a remarkable aptitude for mathematics. He assisted in surveying the area that was to become the District of Columbia, but his real achievement came with the creation of almanacs. Through much of the 1790s, his work influenced daily life in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia. In 1791 he took up his pen and wrote to Thomas Jefferson, arguing that the treatment of blacks in the young United States was unwarranted and unfair.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 1971, c1972
ISBN: 9780684134987
0684134985
9780684125749
0684125749
Branch Call Number: B BANNEK,B
Characteristics: xvii, 434 p. : ill. ; 25 cm

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