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Things to Remember While Reading Excerpts from "A Letter to Thomas Jefferson and Jefferson's Response":

  • Banneker wrote his letter using an impressive vocabulary, the kinds of words used by highly educated men of his time. Most blacks could neither read nor write.
  • Paragraph by paragraph, Banneker presented a reasonable and logical argument, asking Jefferson to consider relieving the plight of slaves.

Excerpt from Benjamin Banneker's Letter to Thomas Jefferson

I [Benjamin Banneker] AM fully sensible of the greatness of that freedom, which I take with you on the present occasion; a liberty which seemed to me scarcely allowable, when I reflected on that distinguished and dignified station in which you stand, and the almost general prejudice and prepossession, which is so prevalent in the world against those of my complexion.

I suppose it is a truth too well attested to you, to need a...

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