Carver: a life in poems [NOOK Book]

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Poems about the life, character, and achievements of the African American inventor, botanist, artist, and teacher.
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master’s degree. In 1896 Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest ...
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Overview

Poems about the life, character, and achievements of the African American inventor, botanist, artist, and teacher.
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master’s degree. In 1896 Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver’s achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher.

This collection of poems by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver’s complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608980680
  • Publisher: namelos
  • Publication date: 9/9/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 755,250
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Marilyn Nelson (aka Marilyn Nelson Waniek) was born in Cleveland, Ohio, and comes from a long line of teachers on her mother's side. Her father was a career Air Force officer who wrote poetry and plays. Marilyn grew up on air bases all over the country and wrote her first poem at age 11. She earned her BA from the University of California, Davis, and holds postgraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (MA, 1970) and the University of Minnesota (Ph.D., 1979) and honorary doctorates from Kutztown University in Pennsylvania and Simpson College in Iowa.Her many poetry books include two published by Front Street:Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem (2004) a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Carver: A Life in Poems (2001) a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, a National Book Award finalist, and a Newbery Honor Book.A Wreath for Emmett Till (Houghton Mifflin, Spring 2005)The following are published by the Louisiana State University Press:The Cachoiera Tales and Other Poems (2005)The Fields of Praise: New and Selected Poems (1997) a Poet's Prize winner, a Lenore Marshall Poetry Prize finalist, a National Book Award finalist, and a PEN Winship Award winnerMagnificat: Poems (1994)The Homeplace (1990) an Annisfield-Wolf Award winner and a National Book Award finalistMama's Promises (1985)For the Body (1978)Ms. Nelson was named Poet Laureate of Connecticut in June, 2001. Other honors include two Pushcart prizes, two creative writing fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship, the 1990 Connecticut Arts Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. She was professor of English at the University of Connecticut in Storrs from 1978 to 2002, and professor of English at the University of Delaware from 2002 to 2004. Since September 2004 she is Emeritus Professor at the University of Connecticut and director of Soul Mountain Retreat, a writers' colony.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2003

    Engaging, entertaining, and enlightening

    This is a lyrical portrait of a man that most of us know little about. We learn through poems of his background as the son of slaves, being raised by white slave-owners, and going out on his own at a very early age in search of an education. We also see the predjudice he faced, but not in an upsetting or judgemental way. We learn of his deep Christian faith, his many contributions to science, but most of all the dignity of the man and his desire to help his race. This book is appropriate even for children as young as 8, with some explanations. I believe that older children will love the flow of language as well.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2013

    Amazing

    GOOD BOOK (:

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