George Washington Carver: A Life by Christina VellaNearly every American can cite at least one of the accomplishments of George Washington Carver. The many tributes honoring his contributions to scientific advancement and black history include a national monument bearing his name, a U.S.-minted coin featuring his likeness, and induction into the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Born into slavery, Carver earned a master’s degree at Iowa State Agricultural College and went on to become that university’s first black faculty member. A keen painter who chose agricultural studies over art, his research into peanuts and sweet potatoes—crops that would replenish the cotton-leached soil of the South—helped spare multitudes of sharecroppers from poverty. Despite Carver’s lifelong difficulties with systemic racial prejudice, when he died in 1943, millions of Americans mourned the passing of one of the nation’s most honored and well-known scientists. Scores of children’s books celebrate the contributions of this prolific botanist, but no biographer has fully examined both his personal life and career until now.
Christina Vella offers a thorough biography of George Washington Carver, including in-depth details of his relationships with, his friends, colleagues, supporters, and those he loved.. Despite the exceptional trajectory of his career, Carver was not immune to the racism of the Jim Crow era or the privations and hardships of the Great Depression and two world wars. Yet throughout this tumultuous period, his scientific achievements aligned him with equally extraordinary friends, including Teddy Roosevelt, Mohandas Gandhi, Henry A. Wallace, and Henry Ford.
In pursuit of the man behind the historical figure, Vella discovers an unassuming intellectual with a quirky sense of humor, striking eccentricities, and an unwavering religious faith. She explores Carver’s anguished dealings with Booker T. Washington across their nineteen years working together at the Tuskegee Institute—a turbulent partnership often fraught with jealousy. Uneasy in personal relationships, Carver lost one woman he loved to suicide and, years later, directed his devotion toward a white man.
A prodigious and generous scholar whose life was shaped by struggle and heartbreak as well as success and fame, George Washington Carver remains a key figure in the history of southern agriculture, botanical advancement, and the struggle for civil rights. Vella’s extensively researched biography offers a complex and compelling portrait of one of the most brilliant men of the last century.
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Botanist and inventor George Washington Carver was born into slavery and died as a scientific advisor to presidents and titans of industry. What happened in between was no less extraordinary. The baby boy born to Mary and Giles, two slaves in the household of Moses and Susan Carver, in the s would see tragedy before he turned two.
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George Washington Carver in George Washington Carver is known for his work with peanuts though he did not invent peanut butter, as some may believe. However, there's a lot more to this scientist and inventor than simply being "the Peanut Man. Even as a child, Carver was interested in nature. Spared from demanding work because of his poor health, he had the time to study plants.
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Did you know that George Washington Carver invented over uses for the peanut? He is also known for pioneering crop rotation in the United States. George Washington Carver was believed to be born in , but his exact birth date is unknown. In , he became the first black student to study at Iowa State Agricultural College, and later became their first black educator. He also created a horse drawn mobile class room, spoke before Congress, and enjoyed painting pictures of plants and flowers. Carver was the first African American to have a national monument erected in his honor.
Born into slavery in Diamond Grove, Mo. Possessing a frail and sickly constitution, he was left to household chores and gardening, but his curious mind and free time led him to explore the farm and nearby woods. Along his rise to scientific stardom, Carver achieved a number of accomplishments. The following list includes just some of the highlights. Carver left home at the age of 12 to seek an education. Deciding to pursue horticulture, Carver became the first African-American to enroll at what is today Iowa State University. In , Booker T.