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Benjamin Banneker (History Maker Bios) by Catherine A. Welch

By Catherine A. Welch

Real or fake? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and arithmetic to foretell a sunlight eclipse. precise! In 1789, Banneker calculated while the moon might go among the earth and solar. And he did it with none formal math or technology education. As a tender boy, he labored at the farm owned by means of his father, who was once a freed slave in Maryland. He helped to survey and plot out the positioning for the U.S. capital urban, Washington, D.C. He additionally released numerous almanacs that helped farmers, retailers, and sailors expect the elements and be aware of the dates of vacation trips and gala's.

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45 FURTHER READING Johnston, Joyce. C. Minneapolis: Lerner Publications Company, 2002. In this book, you will learn more about the nation’s capital. Lee, Fran. Wishing on a Star’s Constellation, Stories and Stargazing Activities. Layton, UT: Gibbs Smith, 2001. This is a fun book of activities, science facts, and stories from around the world. Love, Ann, and Jane Drake. The Kids Book of the Night Sky. Toronto: Kids Can Press, 2004. Learn about the night sky through activities, science, history, legends, and jokes.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids. Dublin, NH: Yankee Publishing, 2005. This book has fun stories, facts, and activities about the heavens. html This page has a summary of Benjamin’s 1791 letter to Thomas Jefferson and a link to the text of the actual letter. Africans in America: Historical Document. html This Web page features a summary of Jefferson’s reply to Benjamin’s 1791 letter and a link to the text of Jefferson’s letter. jpg View the title page of Benjamin’s 1792 almanac at this site. cfm This lesson explores how almanacs and weather vanes were used in colonial times.

27; © North Wind Picture Archives, p. 28; Physical Sciences Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution, pp. 29, 30; The Granger Collection, New York, pp. 37, 40, 45. Front Cover: Courtesy of the Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Maryland. Back Cover: © Bettmann/CORBIS. 14, Sylvio A. Bedini. The Life of Benjamin Banneker: The First African-American Man of Science. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society (1999), p. 161; p. 16, Bedini, p. 348. 48 THIS PAGE INTENTIONALLY LEFT BLANK WELCH True or False?

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