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Ian Ballard Mrs. Gindlesperger 27 August 2021 1.06 Free Response In his 1791 letter to the United States Secretary of State, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Banneker sought out to address the withholdment of rights to men and women of African American descent in the American Bill of Rights. Both Banneker’s father and mother had experienced the atrocities first hand, because of this, Baanneker felt as though it was his duty to make strides towards change for what he believed to be for the better. Throughout the letter, he employed a tone of respect, using the word “sir” on multiple occasions when addressing Jefferson. This tone of respect shows me that he did not have any ill feelings towards Thomas Jefferson and saw him as a respectable man who might be able to help Banneker in his quest for change. To start, Banneker juxtaposes Thomas Jefferson’s own ‘enslavement’ by the British to the enslavement of the African American people within America, emphasizing the hypocrisy of the Bill of Rights. Banneker began by reflecting on the conflict Jefferson had

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