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George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was 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 Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
About the Author
Marilyn Nelson is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and lives in Storrs, CT.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
GOOD BOOK (: