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Fact Checking Joe Biden

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Fact Checking Joe Biden
By Jim Stroud • Issue #65 • View online
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During his visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Democratic President candidate Joe Biden claimed that a “black guy invented the lightbulb, not a white guy named Edison.” The former Vice President of the United States - Joe Biden made the claim in a section of a speech delivered at the Grace Lutheran Church following his meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, the black man shot seven times by a police officer in August.
Promising to improve the country’s record on racial justice if he wins the election, Joe Biden decried the lack of representation in the teaching of history.
“Why in God’s name don’t we teach history in history classes? A black man invented the light bulb. Not a white guy named Edison … There’s so much. Did anybody know?”
VP Biden’s claim was off target. Thomas Edison invented the light bulb however, an African American scientist on Edison’s team did improve his invention. Do you know what his name was?
This brother took a good invention and made it great. #Respect
This brother took a good invention and made it great. #Respect
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Black History Quiz Answer
Lewis H. Latimer
Lewis H. Latimer was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts in 1848. Along with Granville T. Woods, Latimer was one of the first major African American inventors. He first worked as an assistant to Alexander Graham Bell.
Some have claimed that Latimer, not Bell, actually invented the telephone. However, this is unlikely because Latimer often defended Bell’s claims to first inventions in court. Later, Latimer became a member of Thomas Edison’s elite research team, “Edison’s Pioneers.” Latimer made his most important scientific contributions here by improving the light bulb that was invented by Edison.
Edison’s prototypical light bulb was lit by a glowing, electrified filament made of paper, which unfortunately burnt out rather quickly. Latimer created a light bulb with a filament made of the much more durable carbon. He sold the patent for the “Incandescent Electric Light Bulb with Carbon Filament” to the United States Electric Company in 1881, but he did not rest on his laurels. Latimer went on to patent a process for efficiently manufacturing the carbon filament (1882) and developed the now familiar threaded socket (though his was wooden) for his improved bulb. Moreover, Latimer wrote the first book on electric lighting, “Incandescent Electric Lighting” (1890) and supervised the installation of public electric lights throughout New York, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.
Latimer’s other patented inventions include such diverse items as the first water closet (i.e., toilet) for railroad cars (1874) and a forerunner of the air conditioner (1886). Although today’s light bulbs use filaments of tungsten, which lasts even longer than carbon, Latimer will always be remembered for making the widespread use of electric light possible, in public and at home.
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Biography: Lewis Latimer
Biography: Lewis Latimer
'Not a white guy named Edison': Biden claims a black man invented the light bulb | The Independent | Independent
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