Black Pioneers of Science and Invention - Study Guide Chapters 8-11 Summary & Analysis

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George Washington Carver, an agricultural chemist, was best known for his work in the field of agriculture in the South. Carver was responsible for reviving dying crops, particularly peanuts. Due to Carver's efforts peanut crops raised $60 million in one year.

George Washington Carver was born in 1860 to slave parents. Carver and his mother were kidnapped one night, and although Carver's mother was never found, Carver was eventually ransomed for a racing horse.

There were no schools near Carver's plantation so George was sent to Southwest Missouri, where he attended a one-room school while working as a farm hand. Carver went on to Minneapolis High School in Kansas and performed so well that he received a scholarship to Highland University in Kansas. When Carver went to the university to register, the University president realized Carver was black and turned him away. Carver did not...

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