George Washington Carver(8/25) (Learning on His Own (He wanted to go to…
George Washington Carver(8/25)
Born in Slave
Gorge Washington Carver was born in Missousi in 1864.
During the Civil War.
George was born a slave.
When the Civil War ended, he and his brother were free.
Moses and Susan Caver gave the orphaned boys a home.
Gorge was often sick and stayed at home to help Susan.
Susan thught him to read, write, and sew.
Learning on His Own
He lived with the Watkins family and worked for his meals ane room.
He wanted to go to school to learn more.
But many schools at the time were segregated.
When George graduated from high school, he earned a scholarship to go to a Kansas college.
When Georfe arrived at the college, however, the school turned him away because he was black.
At thirteen, he moved to Kansas.
He went to Simpson College in Iowa to study art.
This time, the college let him stay.
Making a Difference
He was the school's first black graduate.
He later become the school's first black professor.
Professor Carver went to Alabama in 1896 to help the farmers there.
Each year their crop wsa smaller, and the farmers were poorer.
Professor Carver thaugh the farmers that dead leaves and swamp muck could bd added to the soil as free fertilizer.
Farmers also needed a way so sell the new crops, so Professor Carver became an inventor.
Ideas Are Free
By 1921, people were listening to Carver's ideas.
He was asked to speak before U.S. Congress-the country's lawmakers.
carver talied about all the things that coule be made with the tiny peanut.
When Carver's ten minutes were up, they gave him more time.
In the end, they passed a law to help U.S. peanut farmers.
A Lasting Message
George Washington Carver belived that people should theat each other with respect.
Carver also belived that people should respect and care for the Earth.