Tick, Tock, the Banneker Clock: African American Inventors
Abigail Adams: Science, Medicine, Inventions and tech
Skill: Middle School
Time Required: One or two class periods
Although Benjamin Franklin is widely noted for his Poor Richard’s Almanac, African American scientist and inventor Benjamin Banneker also published a widely-read almanac from 1792 to 1806, during the time that John Adams was Vice President and then President. It is likely that Abigail read at least some of the almanacs. She also may very well have seen, or even owned, one of Banneker’s wooden clocks.
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This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.