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George Washington Carver

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Autor:  anton  19 October 2010
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Have you ever run out of ink, during the middle of class? George Washington Carver could have solved your problem. Mr. Carver was known to Americans as the “peanut man,” (Smith 179) because of his accomplishments with that food. He has had many other accomplishments, too, but none as famous as what he could do with peanuts. Mr. Carver could have made almost anything out of ordinary food and materials. During World War One, Carver was called upon to provide us with needed dyes. For all of Mr. Carver’s achievements, he was awarded many honorary prizes. If he had to go on Survivor, he would make it through with as little as was given to him, because nothing was ever “not enough.”

In the early 1900s, when the expression “peanut man” was mentioned, George Washington Carver was the first person to come to mind. Carver made a lot of different things, by just using peanuts. All of his accomplishments with peanuts have changed things that we have today. Face powder, butter, cheese, milk, ink, soap and stains; are just a couple of things that Mr. Carver could make from peanuts. Since Carver had the ability to do all of this with peanuts, he was called upon for expertise in this field. All of these discoveries of peanuts started “in his meager laboratory, [where] Carver concentrated his research on the peanut…” (Smith 179).

Carver made it big, not only by researching peanuts, but experimenting with many other natural resources. He used clay from Macon County and Alabama to make stains for farm houses. The colors that he extracted from this clay were red, blue, and purple. In addition to the use of clay, Carver used cotton stalks to make many other necessities. Cotton acted as a great start product to make starch, gums, and dextrins. Using sweet potatoes and pecans either separate or together, he made over 150 different products. This, in turn, has helped the people of our times to make a lot from just a little.

During World War I, Carver was called upon to make dyes. Since the United States was in war with Germany, our supplies were cut off from them. Consequently, we ran out of dyes to use for all of our needs. Mr. Carver was our “superman” with his knowledge of plants and many other resources; he made over 500 different dyes. Mr. Carver used only about 30 plants to make up all of these different dyes. He just needed the right combination, and it all seemed to fit in place.

George Washington Carver has been a hero to us all, in one way or another. That is why he has received many awards for these actions and his knowledge of resources. In 1916, the Royal Society of the Arts of London inducted Mr. Carver into their “group.” No more then 7 years later, was Mr. Carver awarded the Spingarn Medal, by the NAACP, for his “distinguished service in agricultural chemistry.” (Smith 179) Mr. Carver got on a rollercoaster of awards from this point forward. In the year of 1939, Mr. Carver was given the Theodore Roosevelt Medal for all of his achievements in science. At the top of Mr. Carver’s rollercoaster ride, in the year 1941, he became an honorary member of the American Inventors Society.

All of these medals and awards that Mr. Carver received were our way of saying “thank you” for his excellence in the field of science. The “peanut man” himself would have a big smile on his face from all of the things he has helped the people of our day to achieve. Our farm houses would not look as nice as they do, if it wasn’t for Mr. Carver. Our time during World War I would not have been as easy to endure, if Mr. Carver was not there. Mr. Carver was a man who never, even to his final day, ran out of ink during the middle of class, because he has been able to use his knowledge and the tools he had to work with to make it all worth while.

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