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George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver was born into slavery during the Civil War.
Like many other slaves, he took the last name of his owner, Moses Carver.
Mr. Carver was kind to George, and treated him like a member of his
As a child, George was very curious and intelligent. He dreamed of going
school. At the time, however, African Americans werent allowed
to attend the local school. Mr. Carver helped him get into a different
school in another town eight miles away.
George was a good student, but he didnt start college until 1891,
when he was about 30 years old. After graduation, George started teaching
science classes. He was the first black professor at Iowa State College,
and he quickly gained a reputation as an outstanding scientist.
In 1896 George was invited to teach at the Tuskegee Institute, an all-black
college in Alabama. George accepted, because he had always wanted to
help other African Americans get an education.
In the South, cotton was an important crop. Some farmers planted only
cotton. George discovered that it was important to change crops. He
told farmers to alternate sweet potatoes and peanuts with cotton. By
doing that, the soil kept its nutrients. In his laboratory, George also
found other uses for peanuts. He developed over 300 products from the
peanut plant. By the time he died, in 1942, he was recognized as the
worlds greatest plant scientist.
|Inventors and Scientists
- Graded Readings from American History
52 People Who Made A Difference
by: Michael Ryall
Bio-Sketches for Reading, Telling, Listening, Writing, and Research
Levels: Grade 4 to Adult.
E.S.L. : Beginning to Intermediate