George Washington Carver: Teacher and Environmentalist

Christine Montgomery


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George Washington Carver was born into slavery in the final weeks of the Civil War. When he was growing up, George was so good at growing plants that the neighbors called him the “plant doctor.” Since George was African American, he wasn’t allowed to go to school with white children. But George was so eager for an education that he walked for miles and moved all over the country to go to school. He studied agriculture in college so he could learn to help others. After college, he moved to the South and taught poor farmers how to grow crops better and keep their soil healthier. He became a respected teacher and scientist during the Great Depression because of his knowledge and kindness to others.



Chapter 1: A Difficult Beginning

Chapter 2: Growing Up on a Farm

Chapter 3: Walking Towards an Education

Chapter 4: Finding His Path in the World

Chapter 5: The Wizard of Tuskegee

Legacy: Scientist and Educator


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Christine Montgomery has authored numerous articles and essays on Missouri history. She also co-edited Merit, Not Sympathy, Wins: The Life and Times of Blind Boone. She served as a contributing writer and co-editor for Images of Our Lives, a history of Columbia, Missouri, in the twentieth century. She has worked as a university grant writer and a photograph specialist for the State Historical Society of Missouri.