|George Washington Carver
Author: New Solo Singer PM
I did this for a Language Arts project.Rated: Fiction K - English - Words: 2,064 - Published: 01-24-13 - Status: Complete - id: 3095033
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George Washington Carver was an African-American child born in 1860; the exact date was unknown.
He was born an unhealthy child, and he's always getting sick.
His father, Giles, was dead, and his mother, Mary, was a slave and missing.
His mother's owner, Moses Carver, escaped an attack on his house.
He took George's older brother, James with him.
Moses Carver did not approve of slavery, but he needed extra hands around his house. He bought Mary, but he treated her nicely, not like a slave.
George was adopted by Aunt Sue Carver and Uncle Mose Carver. He has a half-brother, and his name is Jim Carver.
Jim Carver was strong and healthy, so he did most of the chores that required strength.
George had chores that weren't too energy consuming, but he was sick all the time, so it made no difference to him.
George was a short and weak little boy. People teased him and bullied him about it. He was depressed.
The only company he had was the secret garden behind the bushes that he took care of.
He could nurse wilted flowers back to blooming wonders.
That earned him the nickname "Plant Doctor."
Soon, George was old enough to be bought as a slave. His new owners were Aunt Mariah Watkins and Uncle Andy Watkins.
However, he was passed along quickly.
George learned that Mrs Payne and her husband were moving to Kansas, and he wanted to go. So the Watkins and the Paynes made an agreement, so George moved to Kansas with Mrs. Payne. During this time, George learned how to cook in this time period, because Mrs. Payne's husband was a picky eater, and his food must be cooked just as he wanted it, or else he will not eat it.
Mrs. Payne taught George how to make biscuits and cook the meat just right, so her husband will eat it. He succeeded.
However, the Paynes moved away again, but George stayed in Kansas with the Seymours.
George stayed with the Seymours for a while, but slavery eventually ended. George became a free man.
He borrowed a house from a man and promised him that he will pay the owner five dollars per month. If he failed to pay the bill, he will have to make it up the next month. George did just that. He absolutely loved the property. There was an amazing view, and the laundry and the grocery store was not far.
However, that did not last. The owner came to him, and told him to move to the house further away. George didn't want to, but he had to. The owner said that he didn't pay his bills on time, and George repeated what the owner said he could do. The owner denied it. So he moved, and he learned to never completely trust a business man. This kind of freedom comes with costs.
George wanted to go to college. In fact, he wanted to go to Highland University. He spent all the money he had earned to get to the university, but when he got there, he was rejected. The admission guy said that the school did not accept African Americans. So George left the school, feeling defeated.
Everyone found out about George's rejection, and everyone was sympathetic. One family took him in, because he spent all his money to get to the college. The family members were called: Mr. Beeler, Mrs. Beeler, and Della Beeler.
He stayed there for a while, and he eventually got enough money to move.
George moved to Indianola, Iowa on September 9, 1890.
When he got there, he opened a laundry service. He earned some good money off of that. People started urging him to go to college. His excuse was, "I have no money, and I'm too busy running this laundry service."
Soon, however, he gave into the encouragements, and attended at Simpson College.
The people there were very nice to him. George went home from school one day, and in his house was a bunch of new furniture. He knew it was from the boys in his school. The next day, he asked, but they denied it.
These actions continued. He repeatedly found silver coins in his bag and free lecture tickets in his books. He doesn't like this, however. He wanted to be treated the way everybody else was treated. His wish was granted.
He soon mastered military and agricultural science.
However, he nearly failed History class, for he hates history.
George was also a master painter. He took painting classes during college, and painted many wonders.
He painted four paintings and entered them all in the exhibition. He needed to pass the auditions first. He painted four paintings, in which he called: Yucca, Roses, Peonies, and Vase of Flowers. He entered them all, and all of the paintings passed the auditions. he could only manage one, though. He presented the Yucca at the exhibition, and people stared at the painting in awe.
That glory did not last, however. George was soon diagnosed with anemia(when you don't have enough healthy red blood cells). He was not allowed to paint anymore.
Lewis Adams wanted colored people to become educated, and Booker T. Washington granted him that wish. He built a school in Washington D.C. and hired Mr. Carver to teach there. His new title was: Director and Instructor in Scientific Agriculture and Dairy Science.
Professor Carver began his first day of work on October 8, 1896, and the school year ended on May 26, 1897.
Professor Carver was very popular among farmers. They would send hi samples of their soil and ask him what type of fertilizer they should use. He wrote back his reply, and his advice never failed.
Professor Carver was also a great veterinarian. Once, a man rode 5 miles on his horse in the rain to tell him that his ox was very sick at home.
Another time was when a man walked 6 miles just to have him treat his horse.
A woman rides on her horse for 12 miles twice a week to take butter making classes from him.
He's THAT popular.
Farmers were complaining to Professor Carver that the cotton that they were growing was getting unhealthier each year. He advised them to plant different crops each year, like soy beans or peanuts. Planting the same crops every time can damage the soil, and future crops will not grow right. However, if you plant different crops, the nutrients that the cotton used up will replenish, because the soy beans or peanuts will use up a different type of nutrient.
This is called crop rotation.
Professor Carver was wanted everywhere for speeches, and so he went.
At first, he was wanted for his reputation, but then they wanted him for his cheery spirit.
Everyone believed in Professor Carver. A boy's goose fell ill, and his dad said that it would die. However, the boy said,"I can take it to Dr. Carver, he will make my goose well."
Some people don't believe that Professor Carver is that great. These people brought a bunch of plants to him, they told him that he was to name all the scientific and common names of the plants. They had textbooks to check if Professor Carver was right. Professor Carver wen through all the names without hesitating, and the non-believers left his office thoroughly confused.
Professor Carver persuaded many farmers in Alabama to plant peanuts. The farmers listened and planted the peanuts. Soon, they were ready for market, but what market? The southern markets mainly buy cotton, and the fairs and circuses are already stocked. So, who's going to by their peanuts? This problem was addressed to Professor Carver.
Professor Carver went home to think about this problem. Then, he came up with a solution. He said that when he went home, he asked the Creator what was the universe made for. The creator replied that he wanted Professor Carver to ask something that he could remember.
So he asked, what was mankind made for? The Creator replied the same reply. Then, Professor Carver told the Great Creator that he wanted to know everything about peanuts. The Creator said that Professor Carver's puny mind cannot hold all the creations that the peanut can create, but He can give Professor Carver a few peanuts to experiment with. Professor Carver took the peanuts and brought them to his lab. He separated all the water, fats, oils, gum, resins, sugars, starches, pectoses, pentosans, and amino acid. Soon, he had all the parts of the peanut right in front of him.
The Creator told him to experiment with the three laws that He has created: compatibility, temperature, and pressure.
He told Professor Carver to take these laws, and to find a way to combine them.
So for the rest of the the day, Professor Carver combined the laws under different temperatures and pressures. Peanut milk was discovered in that process. This discovery was a life-saver in the Belgian Congo.
Leopards always get to the cows there. When the mother cows die, their calves die with them, because the farmers do not know how to care for them. When peanut milk was invented, the farmers feed the young peanut milk, and they grow up to be adults.
Professor Carver made several more products from peanuts, such as peanut oil.
A while later, Thomas Edison heard of Professor Carver's great success. He asked him if he wanted to join his staff. Professor Carver refused. He said that if he joined, his work will not be recognized as his own, and he and his race will not receive credit.
Southern peanut men wanted to expand the peanut industry, so they met in Atlanta and formed the United Peanut Associations of America.
Dr. Carver wanted to meet them, so he went to meet them at City Hall in Atlanta. When he got there, however, he was told that the UPAA left the City Hall a few hours ago. So he went to the hotel that they were staying at, but he wasn't allowed in because he was African American. The president of the UPAA discovered this, and was angered. He let George in, and said that he was sorry, and that he could start his lecture. He lectured and showed examples for a few hours. The UPAA was impressed, and elected Dr. Carver to Fellowship in Royal Society.
People visited his laboratory, and they came out saying that Dr. Carver doesn't not even have one characteristic as an african american. This angered Dr. Carver and said that he was indeed an african american, and he will always be one.
Dr. Carver also discovered peanut oil. You can rub it on any disabled limb, and in six weeks, it would be back to normal.
For example, a boy came to him with a severely damaged leg, and Dr. Carver rubbed peanut oil on the leg for six weeks, and after those six weeks, he can walk with only a slight limp. A year later, he was playing football.
The biography that I was reading was started in 1939, and Dr. Carver was well aware of it.
At first, it wasn't that important to him, but as time passed, he found himself looking forward to it.
However, he died before it was published
On January 5, 1943, George Washington Carver died peacefully in his sleep at age 83. He died old, especially at his time.
The biography was published on April 2, 1943.
"Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom"
- George Washington Carver
What this quote means is that if you are not educated, you may not know when to take the opportunities or make the right decisions, and it may ruin your life. Freedom is one of the prizes, and if you are not educated, then you will not get freedom.
George Washington Carver was a very talented man. He inspired many doctors and scientists, and also came up with the theory of crop rotation. All of this was very impressive. He also made his race look good, and that made people realize that people who are African American are just like the other races. They are intelligent and can be educated, and that they are not meant to be a lower-class race. Dr. Carver proved that.