George Washington Carver: The Genius Behind the Peanut.

In the book "George Washington Carver The Genius Behind the Peanut" Carver was born into slavery either in 1861, or January 1864 no one really knows. Carver's reputation is based on his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes, which also aided nutrition for farm families. He was recognized for his many achievements and talents. In 1941, time magazine dubbed Carver a "Black Leonardo"

A song that represents carver is "peanut butter jelly time"

(this is not my video) I chose this as my song because george washington carver worked with peanuts which led to him making peanut butter and won awards from it such as the roosevelt medal for outstanding service he also got to meet him (president Franklin. D Roosevelt)

This is a photo of Carver greeting President Franklin. D Roosevelt.

Carver applied to several colleges before being accepted at Highland Collage in Highland Kansas. When he arrived, however, they rejected him because of his race.

Child Years.

In Carvers childhood Carver was born into slavery in Diamond Grove, Newton County, near Crystal Place, now known as Diamond, Missouri His master, Moses Carver, was a German American immigrant who had purchased George's parents, Mary and Giles, from William P. McGinnis on October 9, 1855, for $700. Carver had 10 sisters and a brother, all of whom died prematurely.

When George was only a week old, he, a sister, and his mother were kidnapped by night raiders from Arkansas George's brother, James, was rushed to safety from the kidnappers. The kidnappers sold the slaves in Kentucky. Moses Carver hired John Bentley to find them, but he located only the infant George.

After slavery was abolished, Moses Carver and his wife Susan raised George and his older brother James as their own children. They encouraged George to continue his intellectual pursuits, and "Aunt Susan" taught him the basics of reading and writing.

Black people were not allowed at the public school in Diamond Grove. Learning there was a school for black children 10 miles (16 km) south in Neosho, George decided to go there. By his own account, the next morning he met a kind woman, Mariah Watkins, from whom he wished to rent a room. George liked Mariah Watkins, and her words, "You must learn all you can, then go back out into the world and give your learning back to the people", made a great impression on him.

At the age of thirteen, due to his desire to attend the academy there, he relocated to the home of another foster family in Fort Scott, Kansas. After witnessing a black man killed by a group of whites, Carver left the city. He attended a series of schools before earning his diploma at Minneapolis High School in Minneapolis, Kansas.

In this picture of Carver he is in his late twenties. (this is also a book cover)

Tuskegee Institute

''After graduating from Iowa State, Carver embarked on a career of teaching and research.Booker T. Washington, the principal of the African-American Tuskegee Institute, hired Carver to run the school's agricultural department in 1896.Tuskegee's agricultural department achieved national renown under Carver's leadership, with a curriculum and a faculty that he helped to shape.''(as stated from "George Washington Carver The Genius Behind the Peanut")  Areas of research and training included methods of crop rotation and the development of alternative cash crops for farmers.'The education of African-American students at Tuskegee contributed directly to the effort of economic stabilization among blacks.'' (as quoted from George Washington Carver The Genius Behind the Peanut")

Carver's Work.

Carver's work at Tuskegee included groundbreaking research on plant biology that brought him to national prominence. Many of these early experiments focused on the development of new uses for crops such as peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans. The hundreds of products he invented included plastics, paints, dyes and even  gasoline.Carver's prominence as a scientific expert made him one of the most famous African-Americans of his time, and one of the best-known African-American intellectuals up to that point.

''George Washington Carver died on January 5, 1943, at the age of 78 after falling down the stairs at his home. He was buried next to Booker T. Washington on the Tuskegee grounds. Carver's epitaph reads: "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world."'' (as quoted from George Washington Carver The Genius Behind the Peanut")

These are peanuts the main plant Carver worked with and made most of his inventions with.

His Legacy

Carver's iconic status remained after his death, in part due to steps that Carver and others took during his lifetime to establish his legacy. Carver, who had lived a frugal life, used his savings to establish a museum devoted to his work, including some of his own paintings and drawings. In December 1947, a fire broke out in the museum, destroying much of the collection. One of the surviving works by Carver is a painting of a yucca and a cactus, displayed at the Chicago World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. In addition to the museum, Carver also established the George Washington Carver Foundation at Tuskegee, with the aim of supporting future agricultural research.

Carver appeared on U.S. commemorative postal stamps in 1948 and 1998, as well as a commemorative half dollar coin minted between 1951 and 1954. Carver's life has come to symbolize the transformative potential of education, even for those born into the most unfortunate and difficult of circumstances.

This is a picture of his grave.

( credit to The Story of Liberty)

Extended Response.

   Have you ever wondered who made peanut butter and how? As peanut butter got more common in foods such as candy sandwiches snack bars etc. people forgot people had to invent this to make it thats why George washington carver became famous for what he did.

   One central idea of george washington carver is "To Think Outside the Box" this is true because he took the average peanut and transformed it into Peanut butter, plastics, paints, dyes, and even a kind of gasoline this helps us humans learn that by experimenting, failing, succeeding, helping, and doing can change the way people see things and help make the world a better place.

Clearly, these details show that without George Washington Carver there would not be many inventors and the world would be the same.

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