This biography by John Perry titled George Washington Carver starts with George’s birth and ends with his death after many years of working and living at Tuskegee. He led an interesting life and John Perry does a wonderful job of showing what his life was like when he was young and growing into a man. He overcame many obstacles and hardships but never gave up on his desire to learn. The author contrasts Carver’s strengths and weaknesses.
George was the son of a slave. Raiders kidnapped him and his mother when he was very young. His owner, a reluctant slave owner, hired a tracker to find the pair. The tracker was unable to locate George’s mother, but found George abandoned and brought him home. The Carver family adopted George and his older brother and raised them as one of their own sons. When George had acquired all the knowledge he could at home, he set out from place to place to do a very difficult thing at that time. He sought to get an education as a black man and one that would satisfy his ever-growing curiosity. He perseveres to become a professor and leader of the Civil Rights movement. He found nearly 200 uses for the sweet potato and 300 for the peanut. He attributed his success to one thing. Prayer. He simply asked God to unveil the mysteries of His creation.
In the end people with personal agendas, jealousy, prejudice and small minds tried limited him but not with complete success. His private humility, like that of Moses, was godly and inspirational, showing what God can do with anyone if they are willing to let Him.
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