Richard Johnson is Professor of History at the University of Washington, Seattle. He is the author of two books, Adjustment to Empire: The New England Colonies, 1675-1715 (1981) and John Nelson, Merchant Adventurer: A Life Between Empires (1991), as well as some twenty essays and articles on early American and early modern Atlantic history. He has served as Chair of the University of Washington’s History Department and twice been the University’s UW Alumni Lecturer. He received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003.
Benjamin Banneker, free black, farmer, mathematician, and astronomer, was born on November 9, 1731, the son of freed slaves Robert and Mary Bannaky, probably near the Patapsco River southeast of Baltimore, Maryland, where his father owned a small farm. For some years, Benjamin seems to have served … Read MoreBenjamin Banneker (1731-1806)