Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

Book - 2002
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WILEY
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.



Baker & Taylor
Looks at the life of the self-taught astronomer, mathematician, and publisher of "Banneker's Almanac," who surveyed the land that was to become Washington D.C.

Book News
Benjamin Banneker is principally known (and not very well at that) for his work in the surveying of the city that was to become Washington D.C. In this biography of Banneker, the author argues that the only reason this brilliant man is not more widely known is that his accomplishments were deliberately obscured by the "Founding Fathers" because he was a black man. Banneker was also a self-taught astronomer and mathematician and the publisher of Banneker's Almanac . Banneker's early life and his later accomplishments are discussed, including the stinging and extraordinary letter of rebuke he sent to Thomas Jefferson in which he urged the then Secretary of State to "embrace every opportunity to eradicate that train of absurd and false ideas and opinions which so generally prevail with respect to us [blacks]." Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Ingram Publishing Services
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.



Publisher: New York : J. Wiley, c2002
ISBN: 9780471387527
0471387525
Branch Call Number: B BAN
Characteristics: xiii, 257 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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