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THIS variation is meant to be used IN faculties AND LIBRARIES basically. In a time while such a lot African americans have been slaves, Banneker lived a lifetime of freedom and have become often called America's first African American guy of technological know-how. via his accomplishments, he helped
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Printed on the cover were the words Benjamin Banneker’s Almanac. The publisher sold many copies, and Benjamin became famous. People wrote him letters, thanking him for the helpful information. They came to his cabin to meet him, just as they had when he built the clock. Benjamin stayed busy. He had to write an almanac for 1793. And he wrote one for the next year, too. He wrote a new almanac every year for six years. 43 When Benjamin was too old to run the farm, he sold his land. He stayed on in the little cabin where he had grown up.
He was almost 60 years old. He loved his job, but he was ready to go home. It was time to f inish his almanac. 37 Almanac Writer 1791 At home, Benjamin wrote and wrote. When he stopped, it was only to sharpen his pen tip with his knife. He checked his math many times. Sometimes he forgot to do the farm chores. It took Benjamin four months to write an almanac for the year 1792. His book was packed with information that people needed—especially farmers. 38 Benjamin made four copies of his almanac in his best penmanship.
The area was called the District of Columbia. It was only a few hours away from Benjamin’s farm. The president needed surveyors to plan the streets. The top surveyor on the job was Andrew Ellicott, George’s cousin. Andrew knew that Benjamin was very good at surveying and astronomy. He asked Benjamin to help him. 35 Helping to survey the capital was a great honor for Benjamin. Very few black people in the 1790s got a chance to do such important work. And it was fun, too. Benjamin loved using Andrew’s excellent surveying tools.