George Washington Carver: The Life of the Great American Agriculturist
George Washington Carver began life as a slave in the tumultuous world of pre-Civil War Missouri. After the war, the orphaned Carver worked as a farmer, a hotel cook, and a laundryman while pursuing an education. As a professor at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Carver spearheaded the initiative to cultivate peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes to revive the South's dismal agricultural economy. He also researched the domestic and industrial possibilities of these crops. Today Carver is most often remebered for the development of more than 300 uses for the peanut, most famously in peanut butter.
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