George Washington Carver

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Alan Campbell writes, The Struggles and Accomplishments of George Washington Carver In 1864 George Washington Carver was born in Missouri on t…

The Struggles and Accomplishments of George Washington Carver In 1864 George Washington Carver was born in Missouri on the Moses Carver plantation his father died right before George was born slave traders kidnapped George, as a baby and his mother, but later returned George to the plantation because he had whooping cough and the slaves traders did not want a sickly slave child.Whooping cough prevented George from doing hard work like the other slaves on the Moses Carver plantation, so his chores were mainly cooking and sewing. George was very smart. Although taught himself to read.He wanted one thing in his life it was to get a formal education. He left home to attend an all black school. There was only one teacher with 75 children in one small room. While other children played at recess, George studied.George wrote to a college to enroll and they accepted him, but when they found out he was black, they told him he couldn’t attend.After five more years, when he was 30 years old, he was accepted at a college in Iowa. He did so well, his teacher helped him to get a transferto Iowa State College where he studiedbotany. Botany is the study of plants, he learned about plants and farming in college. He became the best botany student on campus.He did many things to earn money to pay for his expenses. He sold hominy which he had made from treated corn kernels , and sometimes he ironed clothes for his classmates. He found an old stove at the city dump and brought it home to cook meals for his friends, and used old wrapping paper for notebook paper. After he graduated, they asked him to teach botanyto the beginning students at the Tuskegee Institute in Alabama he agreed to teach. At Tuskegee, George Carver started studying diseases that were attacking the farmers’ crops. He also did a lot of experimenting to find new ways to use different plants. He made more than 300 products from peanuts.AtTuskegee, Carver developed his crop rotation method, which helped southern farmers learn to rotate the soil deleting cotton crop with soil-enriching crops such as peanuts, peas, soybeans, sweet potato, and pecans. The crops put nutrients back in the soil. America’s economy was heavily dependent upon agriculture during that decade, which made Carver’s achievements very significant. Decades of growing only cotton and tobacco had hurt the soils of the southern area of the United States of America. When George was not teaching the farmers in the south he was teaching his students at Tuskegee. He made his students work hard, and he insisted that they do each experiment right. Money, stylish clothes, and fine cars were not important to him. He thought the truly successful person was the one who had learned to serve others. In 1940 he donated over $60,000 of his life’s savings to the George Washington Carver Foundation and willed the rest of his estate to the organization so his work might be carried on after his death. George Washington Carver died on January 5, 1943 on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. He was honored by several levels of State and Federal Government as well as by other country leaders worldwide. The United States government created a national monument on the farmland upon which he grew up and made January 5, 1946 George Washington Carver day. He was truly a pioneer in his field and has become one of the few black inventors recognized by mainstream America. As you can see Although George Washington Carver was a great man because he inventedcrop rotation which helped save the nutrients in the soil from being deleted with the cotton and tobacco crops. This process was probably one of his biggest achievements.

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  1. wow…
    wow, i had no idea who this guy was, great details, however it sounded like a textbook

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