Poets' Prize winner Marilyn Nelson has crafted a book of poetry that tells not only the events, but the feeling and emotion of the devout life of George Washington Carver. Raised by a childless white couple who had owned his mother, Carver would leave home to receive an education and eventually start the agricultural department at Tuskegee Institute; he there found countless new uses for peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Black and white photographs are included. 103 pages, hardcover with dust jacket.
Please note! This book includes graphic language and descriptions of hate crimes. Not for younger readers without proofreading by parents.
George Washington Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In 1896, Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural department at the all-black-staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver's achievements as a botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter, musician, and teacher. This Newbery Honor Book and Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book by Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly devout life.
Marilyn Nelson is a professor of English at the University of Connecticut and lives in Storrs, CT.
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