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Letter of Benjamin Banneker Asking for Ending Slavery

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Dang Bao Dang Mrs. Rebecca Baird HIS103 08 December 2009 Letter of Benjamin Banneker Asking for Ending Slavery Since the early years of history of the U.S., a call for abolition of slavery had been spoken out from both white Americans and educated black men. Even though most of African Americans were enslaved during this period of time, some of them who were free and educated played important roles in the early movement of slavery abolition. Benjamin Banneker, an African farmer, mathematician, surveyor, and astronomer was one of them. On August 19, 1791, Benjamin Banneker sent a copy of his almanac that he calculated by himself to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson along with a letter asking for Jefferson’s aid to end slavery and improve African Americans’ lives. Banneker chose Thomas Jefferson as the recipient of his appeal rather than other people such as President Washington because Jefferson was well known as a very sentimental and friendly person. He also was an abolitionist who well disposed toward slaves.
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