Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, Jan 16, 2002 - Biography & Autobiography - 257 pages
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Advance praise for Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

"Herein breathes the universal genius Benjamin Banneker — mathematician, astronomer, diarist, and sage.

Biographer Charles Cerami mines the available data, eschews the apocryphal, and renders his subject human. Captured completely is the flowering genius of a largely home-schooled boy wonder, exhibiting mathematical wizardry while devouring the Bible, Plato, Epictetus, and virtually every other extant tome. The fabled memory that could have reproduced L'Enfant's plan for the entire District of Columbia becomes palpable and real.

We understand how the pragmatic farmer who was imbued with Quaker ideology endured decades of ignominious racism with overt equanimity while haunted by incessant night terrors. We comprehend the heroism of the man whose very existence refuted Thomas Jefferson's notorious public denial of black intellect in Notes on Virginia when, speaking truth to power, Banneker launched an anti-slavery epistle at the ambivalent and duplicitous Jefferson. We are enraged at the account of arsonists setting fire on the day of Banneker's funeral to the small, rustic log cabin where the genius had labored in solitude among his instruments, papers, and books. We are grateful to Charles Cerami, who has resurrected the spirit of a neglected giant and gifted us with a biography nearly two centuries overdue."
Kweisi Mfume, President and CEO, NAACP

"Like Benjamin Banneker, Charles Cerami presents the product of his research in a modest yet compelling manner. Cerami engagingly writes about both Banneker the genius and Banneker the man–a thought-provoking read."
Raymond G. Dobard, Ph.D., Professor of Art, Howard University, and coauthor of Hidden in Plain View: A Secret story of Quilts and the Underground Railroad

  

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Contents

The Prince and the Convict
1
Lessons Precious and Painful
19
The Lurking Terror
33
A Door Opens Wider
45
The Great Unknown
57
Enter the Ellicotts
67
Turning Night into Day
82
The Unfinished Revolution
91
A Founders Crafty Response
168
A Place Among the Greats
176
The Sages Years of Glory
185
Living Off the Land Again
198
Ennobled by Flame
209
The Dogon Ancestors
217
A Significant Similarity
221
Sources
229

Attracted to the City
103
Meanwhile at Mount Vernon
113
Astonishing Choices
124
Back Home to Plant and Publish
144
A Declaration of Indignation
155
General Source Notes
231
Bibliography
243
Index
247
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CHARLES A. CERAMI is a former principal editor of the Kiplinger Washington Publications and an economist who has written extensively for the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times Magazine, Playboy, Parade, and other leading publications. He is the author of ten books, including Successful Leadership in Business; Alliance Born of Danger; More Profit, Less Risk; and A Marshall Plan for the 1990s.

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