Sunday, February 28, 2010
More About George Washington Carver
Most people teaching about George Washington Carver, focus on his work with peanuts. This is the part of his life most covered by children's books, as well, so we will be learning about that through projects and the following library books:
But, we will also be learning about his other achievements.
This list, found on the Tuskegee University website, shows the many products that he also made from sweet potatoes.
Candy, 14 varieties
Dried Potatoes #1 and #2
Breakfast Food #5
After Dinner Mints #1,
#2 and #3
Stock Feed Meal (3)
Library Paste (5)
Fillers for Wood (14)
Paper (from vines)
His interest in these particular plants, along with soybeans, came from a desire to find a market for plants that fix nitrogen in the soil, so that cotton farmers would not find it a hardship to rotate crops.
For one of our history lessons this week, we will be watching this History Channel biography of George Washington Carver.
Thomas Edison once offered Carver a job at his Edison Laboratories. The job would have paid $100, 000 a year, but Carver turned it down, because he felt he could do more good elsewhere.