10 Facts That Will Amaze You About the Life of the Brilliant Scientist Benjamin Banneker

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Banneker’s stance on slavery was one of his major attributes. He wrote Thomas Jefferson during his tenure as secretary of state. The letter criticized Jefferson as a slave owner and for his “absurd and false ideas.” Banneker urged Jefferson to recognize that “one Universal Father … afforded us all the same sensations and endowed us all with the same faculties.”

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By the time Banneker died, he had gained many white allies such as James McHenry in the fight to end slavery. His almanacs were also used to promote equality and create a dialogue about slavery and race in the early 19th century. He even published works by African-American poet Phillis Wheatley in them.

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