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George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher
     

George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher

by Michael Burgan
 

From the late 19th century into the 21st century, technological and cultural advancements transformed the world into a new and modern place. These advancements changed the way people lived, worked, and thought about themselves and the world. The combination of all these changes continues to produce what we know as the modern world. Born into slavery in 1864, George

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From the late 19th century into the 21st century, technological and cultural advancements transformed the world into a new and modern place. These advancements changed the way people lived, worked, and thought about themselves and the world. The combination of all these changes continues to produce what we know as the modern world. Born into slavery in 1864, George Washington Carver was determined to educate himself despite the lack of opportunities for African-Americans. He was a talented painter, but he eventually decided to dedicate his life to the study of plants. Carver rose to prominence at the Tuskegee Institute, where he was a popular teacher and esteemed researcher. Carver is best known for his work with peanuts, inventing more than 300 products from the humble "goober."

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Children's Literature - Della A. Yannuzzi
George Washington Carver was born into slavery into 1864, but he managed to get an education and specialize in the study of plants. He was a teacher and researcher at the Tuskegee Institute, but he was also an inventor who discovered more than 300 products from his work with the peanut plant. Michael Burgan has written a book about an inspiring African-American man who was determined to become a productive member of society. When George and his brother Jim were orphaned, Moses Carver (a childless farmer) and his wife took them into their home. The two boys helped out on the farm and the Carvers encouraged George to get an education. In 1894, Carver graduated from Iowa State College with a degree in agricultural science. He began work as a botanist at Iowa State's agricultural station. Soon, he was creating new products through cross-fertilization of plants. He did work on sweet potatoes, soybeans, and alfalfa. But it was his work with the peanut that brought him recognition. In 1916 he published a bulletin called How to Grow the Peanut and 105 ways of Preparing It for Human Consumption. Though Carver never married, he worked hard and saved his money. He used the money to start the George Washington Carver Foundation, which funded agricultural research at Tuskegee. In 1943, at the age of 78, he died and was buried at Tuskegee. His life was a good example for other African-Americans to get an education and work toward their own dreams. Interesting sidebars, a time line, further reading, internet sites, a glossary, and source notes are included. Illustrations are photographs and drawings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780756518820
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
01/01/2007
Series:
Signature Lives: Modern America Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1000L (what's this?)
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Michael Burgan has written numerous books for children and young adults during his nearly 20 years as a freelance writer. Many of his books have focused on U.S. history, geography, and the lives of world leaders. He has also written fiction and adapted classic novels. Michael has won several awards for his writing, and his graphic novel version of the classic tale Frankenstein (Stone Arch Books) was a Junior Library Guild selection. Michael has also worked as an editor at Weekly Reader, the classroom news magazine used in schools across the United States. Michael graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in history. When not writing for kids, he enjoys writing plays, and his works have been staged across the United States. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his cat, Callie.

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