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George Washington Carver began life as a slave in the tumultuous world of pre - Civil War Missouri. After the war, the orphaned Carver worked as a farmer, a hotel cook, and a laundryman while pursuing an education. As a professor at the Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute, Carver spearheaded the initiative to cultivate peanuts, soybeans, and sweet potatoes to revive the South's dismal agricultural economy. He also researched the domestic and industrial possibilities of these crops, and is most remembered for the invention of peanut butter.
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  • Ryanne
  • wappingers falls, NY, USA
  • 02-11-13

I learned something today. This is a must read.

I learned something about the Indelible American spirit in the face of adversity and obstacles. This book is a must read for anyone who considers themselves knowledgeable. You may be surprised what you didn't know.

I really liked how the Author was true to the spirit of George Washington Carvers environment in the south during the late eighteen hundreds. The performance was very well done. The Auditor brought the characters to life with grace and breath.

This was story of strength and quite ferocity. This man was able to get things done even when every door was closed to him. He found a window. This must be where the saying "no excuses" comes from because Mr. Carver was under constant threat of lynching, beatings, jailings and other atrocities visited upon this race of people in that era and yet he educated not only himself, but thousands of others. I had chills when I finished reading this book and though I have never been subjugated, I felt a call to action. "Each One SHOULD Teach One".

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Unsung Hero

I largely ignored the contributions made by George Washington Carver because as I was growing up, he was only mention once a year...among other Black figures.

So I didn't really learn about him because all other Black heroes were lumped together in a span of 28 days.

This does not excuse me from "seeking the info" on my own time, so unfortunately I'm doing this in adulthood.

I will make sure my children know this man and many other of our Black contributors to the world.

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  • Edwinna
  • Jacksonville, FL, United States
  • 01-17-12

Great way to learn history

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was well read/narrated and the story was engaging.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing the history of George Washington Carver from birth to death and how he lead his life. I am very grateful for him and all the others who have gone on before me to pave the way so that I can live and enjoy the life I do as an American woman of African descent.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

As a matter of fact I completed the book while driving and taking my daily walks. During the breaks between listening it gave me time to think about the contributions George and Frederick Douglas both gave to humanity.

Any additional comments?

I am so loving listening to books from Audible!

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Wonderful Story of a Great Man.

Great story read by a great reader. Enjoyed the many voices in the characters. It was as though I was sitting watching a play rather than having a book read to me. Thank you Audible.