history of the americas "Sir, suffer me to recall to your mind that time, in which the arms and tyranny of
the British crown were exerted ....
"This, Sir, was a time when you clearly saw into the injustice of a State of
slavery ... that you publicly held forth this true and invaluable doctrine .... 'We
hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal; that they are
endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights ... .'
"But, Sir, how pitiable is it to reflect, that although you were so fully con
vinced of the benevolence of the Father of Mankind, and of his equal and
impartial distribution of these rights and privileges, which he hath conferred
upon them, that you should at the same time counteract his mercies, in detaining
by fraud and violence so numerous a part of my brethren, under groaning captiv
ity, and cruel oppression."
-Benjamin Banneker, African American scientist and surveyor, letter to
Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, $1792$
Using the excerpt, answer a, b, and c.
a) Briefly explain why Banneker questioned Jefferson's actions on slavery.
b) Briefly explain why ONE of the following people would either support
or question Banneker's view.
c) Briefly explain how Thomas Jefferson might have responded to
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