The following is a guest post from a 10-year-old boy who is one of my classmates. This research project is the culmination of a year’s study in English grammar and writing styles that homeschoolers in Classical Conversations perform in grades 4-6.
George Washington Carver was the most popular black man in the late 1800’s. He was born in 1864. Although born into slavery, he became a world renowned scientist. He is often referred to as, “The Plant Doctor “, which began at only ten years old. He learned from Creator God, which inspired his love for nature. He became a professor at the south’s famous black college, The Tuskegee Institute. With all his diligence and honors he received, he is most famous for helping others for free.
George had a series of unfortunate events. He was born into slavery. His father died, while George was still an infant. Hatefully, baby George, two of his siblings, and his mother were kidnapped. The Carvers were their owners. George’s older brother was safe. The Carvers hired a man to find the rest of the slave family. The Carvers negotiated for baby George. George’s mother was never found. Despite him being left an orphan, he became the foster child to the Carvers. Mrs. Carver (called “Aunt Sue’), taught the boys to read and write. The Carvers were godly people. At age 8, George was baptized a Christian. Since that time, he gave all credit of his knowledge of nature to Creator God. The youngster was often sick; therefore, he did chores inside the home and the garden. He loved nature. His foster mom enjoyed painting nature. They were poor, but George was creative. He painted natural scenes using twigs for paint brushes, berry juices for paint, and flat rocks for canvases. Mrs. Carver had big beautiful blooming roses that caught the neighbors’ attention. How did the flowers grow like that? Mrs. Carver declared her ten year old foster son cared for them tenderly. Several neighbors reported to young George about their dying plants. Even though he was young, he doctored the neighbors’ plants back to life. He persevered, in spite of his rough beginning.
George spoke with the Creator. He learned much from God. When he was young he had this interesting conversation with God, “God, tell me the mystery of the Universe. But God said ’that knowledge is for Me alone.’ So I said, ‘God tell me the mystery of the peanut’. Then God, said ‘Well George, that’s more nearly your size.’” George was efficient. He used everything to make anything. Of course, this included his berry juice for paint and twigs for paint brushes. He believed in recycling. Doctor George collected garbage, and recycled it to make his college laboratory. He regularly wore the same old clothes to work. Even his paychecks were saved. He woke each morning at 4 AM to speak with Creator God. He remained humble and learned from the Creator. He believed what He learned freely from God, he was to share freely with others.
As a scientist, Dr. Carver molded black history. He was invited to teach in the black college at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama. He became the head of the agriculture department. At Tuskegee Institute, he taught students and poor farmers alike. He led them in life science, by teaching them important lessons. He showed them how to recycle and how to rotate crops. He taught Bible studies for people to know the Creator, too. He showed them many products that came from sweet potatoes and peanuts. In his recycled lab, he studied the peanut, extensively. One night, he cooked dinner for several people using peanuts in each recipe. George was to the peanut like Beethoven was to music notes. He was the first black man to stand before Congress. He was invited there because of all he learned about the peanut. The south’s crop’s soil wasn’t nutritious after many years of only growing cotton. Crop rotation was introduced to the farmers. He showed them to rotate peanuts one year, sweet potatoes another year, then cotton. Through crop rotation, the farmers had put nutrients back into the soil. He helped save the south’s crops. He inspired black America with diligence and research.
George Washington Carver was an outstanding scientist, community helper, pillar in the black community, Christian, and American. George was humble. Kindly, he taught. Fortune he denied. Fame he received. He was praiseworthy in every area because he loved to learn, and then teach what he learned. His life benefited everyone around him, wherever he lived. His scientific research helped farmers prosper. Sweet potatoes and peanuts were great food for everyone to eat. With the checks he saved, he was able to help poor students with their tuition. He received free information from God, so he gave it away for free to others. After living a diligent and generous life, mournfully, he died in January 1943.