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Letter to Jefferson

The following is a letter from Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson.

Banneker, Benjamin. "Letter." Letter to Thomas Jefferson. 19 Aug. 1791. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 6 August 1791 – 31 December 1791 ed. Vol. 22. N.p.: Charles T. Cullen. Princeton: Princeton UP, 1986. 49-54. Founders.archives.gov. Founders Online, National Archives. Web. 12 Mar. 2016.

Banneker's reference in lines 60-65 primarily serves to

A

prove that he is familiar with the founding documents of the United States.

B

compliment Jefferson on his skill as a writer and politician.

C

use Jefferson's words concerning freedom and liberty in his own argument for freedom.

D

answer arguments from those in support of slavery.