Who Was George Washington Carver?

Who Was George Washington Carver?


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Born in 1860s Missouri, nobody expected George Washington Carver to succeed. Slaves were not allowed to be educated. After the Civil War, Carver enrolled in classes and proved to be a star student. He became the first black student at Iowa State Agricultural College and later its first black professor. He went on to the Tuskegee Institute where he specialized in botany (the study of plants) and developed techniques to grow crops better. His work with vegetables, especially peanuts, made him famous and changed agriculture forever. He went on to develop nearly 100 household products and over 100 recipes using peanuts.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780448483122
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 12/29/2015
Series: Penguin Who Was...Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 25,347
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.40(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile: 910L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Jim Gigliotti is a freelance writer based in Southern California. A former editor at the National Football League, he has written more than 50 books for all ages. His writing credits include biographies for young readers on Olympian Jesse Owens and baseball star Roberto Clemente.

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Table of Contents

Who Was George Washington Carver? 1

Orphaned 4

Childhood 16

School Days 30

College Man 44

The Greatest Good 58

Tuskegee 66

Peanuts! 75

Lasting Impact 87

Timelines 102

Bibliography 104

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