George Washington Carver
George Washington Carver is perhaps to this day the nations biggest known African American scientist. Between 1890 and 1910, the cotton crop had been devastated by an insect called the boll weevil. Carver advised to plant peanuts instead. Before long, he developed more than 300 different products that could be made from the peanut. Everything from milk to printers ink.
He was an agricultural chemist, agronomist, and experimenter whose development of new products came from peanuts , sweet potatoes, and soybeans helped revolutionize the agricultural economy of the South. For most of his career he taught and did research at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute (now Tuskegee University) in Tuskegee, Ala.
Carver was the son of a slave woman who was owned by Moses Carver. During the Civil War, slave owners found it difficult to hold on to slaves in the border state of Missouri. So Moses Carver sent his slaves, including carver and his mother, to Arkansas. After the war, Moses Carver learned that all his former slaves had disappeared except for the kid named George. Very sick, the motherless child was returned to his former masters home and nursed back to health. The boy
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