Benjamin Banneker: Pioneering Scientist by Ginger Wadsworth

By Ginger Wadsworth

THIS version is meant to be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES simply. In a time whilst such a lot African americans have been slaves, Banneker lived a lifetime of freedom and have become referred to as America's first African American guy of technology. via his accomplishments, he helped

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He argued that no one should own slaves— not even important American leaders. A few weeks later, Benjamin received a letter from Jefferson. Jefferson thanked Benjamin for his almanac. He said he hoped things would improve in the future for black people. But Jefferson did not free his slaves. 40 A book publisher wanted to print and sell Benjamin’s almanac. It was the f irst published almanac written by a black person. Printed on the cover were the words Benjamin Banneker’s Almanac. The publisher sold many copies, and Benjamin became famous.

In the 1700s, almanacs were important books. New ones came out every year. They gave people information for every day in the year. Almanacs had calendars and dates for planting and harvesting. They also told what the weather would be like the next year. Some almanacs had poems, stories, recipes, and news. 33 Benjamin dipped his pen in the ink bottle over and over again. Piles of paper covered his table. On some, he had written math problems. Some had notes about the sky and the weather. When the rooster crowed, Benjamin put away his work.

George even had a telescope. Benjamin had always wondered about the stars. 30 Now he learned that the brightest stars were not stars at all. They were distant planets. Benjamin studied George’s astronomy books. He learned how to follow the positions of the planets. With this information, Benjamin could tell what the weather would be like next year. His new knowledge also made him a better surveyor. 31 There was so much to learn! Sometimes Benjamin stayed up studying all night. He thought about his farmer friends.

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