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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.

Readers can infer from the following lines: "almost general prejudice and prepossession which is so prevalent in the world against those of my complexion" that

A

Banneker is African and that prejudice and against his race, or complexion, exists and that it is pervasive and perpetrators are predisposed to such behavior.

B

people who are already in possession of certain material goods can influence Jefferson's willingness to listen to Banneker's ideas.

C

Banneker is not a politician, but a member of the general population and he recognizes the challenges inherent in not being a man of power in society.

D

Jefferson is a high official within the government and unlikely to acknowledge Banneker's argument.