George Washington Carver: In His Own Words / Edition 2

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A black man praised by white America-George Washington Carver (1864-1943) was an anomaly in his own time.  Now available in paperback, this choice selection of Carver's writings reveals the human side of the famous black scientist, as well as the forces that shaped his creative genius.

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"These documents are carefully edited and arranged in proper context with very helpful and perceptive editorial comments, offering the opportunity for readers to study Carver, the man, in his own words. . . . It is well done and will be of special interest to persons and libraries seeking authoritative material about black Americans."—Choice

"Kremer's excellent introduction and his detailed commentary between letters help put the correspondence into perspective. The result is a balanced look at Carver that retains the flavor of the scientist's story as told in his own words.' . . . The work adds to one's understanding of racial attitudes in the South while presenting an engaging portrait of this folk hero."— Georgia Historical Quarterly

"Kremer's background and transitional comments, along with Carver's writings, succeed in bringing Carver to life; helping readers to encounter, empathize with, and appreciate this complex, often contradictory man—egotistical and insecure, empirical and mystical, demanding and self-sacrificing."— Journal of Southern History

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826207852
  • Publisher: University of Missouri Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/1991
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 1,474,523
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary R. Kremer, a professor of history at Lincoln University from 1972 to 1988, now serves as Missouri's State Archivist and is a member of the history faculty at William Woods College in Fulton, Missouri.  He is also the atuhor James Milton Turner and the Promise of America: The Public Life of a Post-Civil War Black Leader (University of Missouri Press).

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 10, 2008

    Interesting Scientist

    In my opinion, this book illustrates many important aspects of George Washington Carver's personal life and as a scientist through a compilation of letters written to others. His methods of scientific research and study were not popular due to his belief and reliance upon GOD's will to reveal nature's secret. One of the most interesting topics in this text is the multitude of uses for peanuts. As a child I heard that it was a lot, but he discovered more than two hundred. He also discovered many uses for the sweet potatoe as well. In addition, relating to contemporary problems, he also makes reference to vehicles that operate on a gasoline substitute in the 1930's and extracting milk from a peanut. Mr. Carver was not the conventional scientist and yet he yielded amazing results. I only wish that he would have wrote his autobiography, but he explains why he did not in his letters.

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