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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Colonial America (1492-1776)
Benjamin Banneker - Who Was He?

Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
Black History and Blacks in U.S. History


Benjamin Banneker - Who Was He?
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.96

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    duplicate, eclipse, quakers, mathematics, curiosity, theory, education, schooling, lifetime, colonial, equally, scientist, perfectly, astronomy, slave, fellow
     content words:    Benjamin Banneker, Many Americans, Banna Ka, Because Molly, President Thomas Jefferson


Benjamin Banneker - Who Was He?
By Jane Runyon
  

1     Have you ever heard of Benjamin Banneker? Do you know what made him special? Many Americans have never heard of this early black American. Yet he was very important in America's colonial period.
 
2     Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731. At that time in history, if a child's mother was a slave, the child was a slave. If the mother was not a slave, the child was a free black. Benjamin's grandmother, Molly, was a white woman.
 
3     Molly worked hard. She saved enough money to buy a small farm. She bought a slave named Banna Ka. He helped her work the farm.
 
4     Molly fell in love with Banna Ka. They married. To sound more American, Molly and her husband changed their name to Bannaky. Finally, the name changed to Banneker. Molly and her husband had a daughter, Mary. Because Molly was a free woman, Mary was a free black.

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Black History and Blacks in U.S. History
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Colonial America (1492-1776)
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