Rush made this statement “Liberty cannot thrive long in a neighborhoo
d of slavery. (Rush)
The” firstemancipation”, took place in Vermont they banned slavery in 1777, constitution.
(Rush) 1780Massachusetts courts decided in that a clause in the state constitution prohibited slavery. Most of theother states ratified north of Maryland adopted gradual emancipation laws between 1780 and 1804(114-117) New Jersey, general emancipation laws between Virginia 1782. Pennsylvania 1787.Delaware 1787, South Carolina and Georgia never entertained the thought. (A People and a Nation)William Quills and Samuel Hopkins and their connection with Benjamin Banneker and theAmerican Revolution; Samuel Hopkins was granted the first
patent ever issued by the United States, toSamuel Hopkins of Pittsford, Vermont in 1790.
The Hopkins patent wasfor an "Improvement, not known before such Discovery, in the making of Pot ash and Pearl ash(brubre@.com/education/invent.htm)by a new apparatus and Process", and was granted for a term of fourteen years.
Benjamin was a farmer and though quick and enthusiastic with how machine operated changing hismind to plant not the typical tobacco took time to reaffirm choice of seed to harvest.
George Ellicott, afellow mathematician and astronomer, loaned Banneker numerous books in both fields.
TheIndustrial age was on the horizon. Benjamin had built a telescope for astronomy, which caused hisfri
end George Ellicott to view Benjamin Banneker’s intellect. Both George and Benjamin had built
George’s clock was tall and had four faces.
Joseph Ellicott’s clock is in the Smithsonian
(the clocks still are or copies are used adorning thestreets of quaint New England town still today.). The Ellicott clock makes one imagine the turn of theeighteenth century and all the street lamps only voiding the light and envisioning a clock in its place.