George Washington Carver's grave bears the inscription: "He could have added fortune to fame, but caring for neither, he found happiness and honor in being helpful to the world." A true pioneer, Carver dedicated his life to applying science and technology to better the lives of ordinary people.
This insightful work chronicles the life of George Washington Carver, the renowned African American scientist and teacher. George Washington Carver: A Biography begins with a discussion of the political and social circumstances in Missouri where Carver was born into slavery, circa 1864. Readers will follow Carver from the time he left home at age 13 in search of an education until, at age 26, he finally gained admission to Simpson College and, a year afterward, to Iowa State University, where he at last found his calling. A permanent home followed when he accepted Booker T. Washington’s offer to reach and do research at Tuskegee Institution in Alabama.
The bulk of the volume focuses on Carver's career at Tuskegee, a career that spanned nearly five decades, from 1896 until Carver's death in January 1943.The book highlights Carver's major achievements, including his championing of crop rotation and the hundreds of products he created from peanuts, sweet potatoes, and other plants native to the South. In addition to Carver the scientist, students will meet Carver the man, who, for example, loved art and painted throughout his life.
About the Author
Gary R. Kremer is Executive Director of the State Historical Society of Missouri and adjunct professor of history at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Dr. Kremer received his Ph.D. from American University in Washington, DC. He is the author and editor of numerous works, including Race and Meaning: The African American Experience in Missouri, Missouri's Black Heritage, Revised Edition, and George Washington Carver: In His Own Words.
Published by ABC-CLIO, hardback, 2011. 202 pages.