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From Carver's George to George Washington Carver--The Man Behind The Legend

Updated on November 29, 2012
George Washington Carver
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Imagine Yourself in 'Pandora,' but being alien to these blue humanoids from James Cameron's script Avatar 2. If you want to make a simple move or go to School there, you will have to face bullying and most likely you will be singled out by your looks and your different attitude toward life and the world beyond your eyes.

Just imagine Charlton Heston in a new planet being held hostage by an advanced race, that considered him below rational levels. Or make it even funnier: The blonde Niece from the Munsters, Marilyn. If you don't belong to a society or a clan or a race, then you will have to work harder to be accepted or... just survive among them.

Now let's go back to 1864. Civil war is at full throttle; slavery is as common as buying a car on a Saturday morning at your local dealer, after getting your income tax return. George Washington Carver was born into sad that he even didn't have a name....let's hear from him in a informal interview and find the man behind the Legend.




We are seated there and we hear George entering the Library. He is helped by friends that fix his attire... and shake his hands. We recognize Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglass peeking from the Lobby. They wave and leave George with us.

LORD: Good Morning George, sorry for having you in here so early

GEORGE: Good Morning sir, is fine. I'm used to be up this early

LORD: There are so many questions in my head Sir, but let's go to the very beginning and we will take it from there... We heard that you were kidnapped at 10 days old of age and these Slave raiders from Arkansas never returned your mother to you.

GEORGE: My life was a struggle from the very first day of my life. From that loss I became to be self-sufficient and began admiring nature. My mother...I never heard of her ever, but I knew she was there for me until the last minute. My former Master Moses Carver hired John Bentley to find my whereabouts. I cannot be so thankful for my rescue. The void was instilled but I felt the need to prove myself a better man. Deep inside I wanted to be someone, just in case my momma would ever come back, but she didn't.

LORD: Time magazine dubbed you the 'Black Leonardo' back in 1941. Do you consider yourself a prodigy?

GEORGE: Not at all. My beginnings branded my life. I have lived frugally ever since I had notion of the value of money; I wanted to confront my religious beliefs with the Science of nature... that was and still is, like a big broadcaster; the problem is, when or how can we tune in with it. Everyday was a learning experience for me. My Creator was out there waiting for me to open this book of life, literally.

LORD: Do you regret the fact that you were born in tumultuous times?

GEORGE: I was born at the right moment to greet my mother who still was there for me. You wonder why I always preached compassion and understanding toward the youth and the elder. My mind was set to have patience and inquisitive. While others were picking up the Cotton, I was washing dishes and learning to find the names of every shrub felt into my hands, and that was the happiest moment for me.

LORD: Why Peanuts? and not potatoes?

The South, back in the early 1900's was invaded by the boll weevil that devastated the Cotton industry. I came up with this alternative cropping. Monogamous Cotton had depleted the soil and it was time to create other means of income with this alternative crop. Sweet potatoes were more resistant to different plagues and made good recipes. You still can hear around Christmas, "Where is my sweet potato pie?"

LORD: I'm in awe. Interesting Sir. From poverty to the highest awards and achievements. I heard you donated 60,000 dollars for scholarships back in 1940. I guess it was already in your mind ti do it.

GEORGE: You receive in life and generously you give back. My former master gave me my life back. Mrs. Maria Watkins gave me a new name: "Young man you are not Carver's George anymore, just start telling people that your name is George Carver, and be proud" That changed my life too...I was this tiny skinny thirteen year old kid... and I was ready for the world.

LORD: This is amazing, hearing from your own mouth and touching my heart. You really did Sir!

GEORGE: Been told that all my life. Since I joined Tuskegee in 1896 until my departure in 1943, I was learning as much as I could in order to give back to people as Mrs. Watkins told me, and she was right! Like it was written in the Bible, my returns were tenfold!

LORD: You never got married. Could you come up with an honest answer?

GEORGE: My whole life was dedicated to my love for science and my time at the agricultural department. There was no chance to settle down and I think I was not made to be tied to a family life.

LORD: Henry Ford, what comes to your mind about this entrepreneur?

Passion for what you do. Believing in yourself and also like me, giving back. He was generous enough to build an elevator for me right in these location, so I wouldn't have to use the steps, when I was already old. You see how you receive without even thinking in returns?

LORD: Right! If it was in the scriptures for thousand of years, then it was a blessing! Now tell us about Crop rotation, in simple words...for our readers, if you could Sir?

GEORGE: In simple words: When you have cotton cropping all your life, the soil gets depleted. Nitrogen is restored when you alternate with other cropping like sweet potato or peanuts. Besides you get variety for the season and you cover all year round.

LORD: Excellent, Bravo! Who would play yourself in any movie about your life: Denzel? Louis Cosset Jr? Maybe Larry Fishburne?

GEORGE: Good question! I leave it to the filmmakers. Actors can play anyone if they are good. I was good for research. We all are born for something.

LORD: Any regrets?

GEORGE: Not now. I met my kidnappers and forgave them...and of course I met my mother....after meeting her, I found the reason of why I was the way I was.

LORD: I cannot thank you enough Sir! You are an inspiration for all of us and our Nation. Thank you so much!

GEORGE: Thanks to you too Lord.

Have you learned a lot about George?

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  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    He was really helpful and even took his time. One problem we did notice was his back pain and his slow walk. Redish eyes, like a tired man. But he was brilliant.


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    Justin W Price 

    9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    pretty impressive ton get him from the great beyond

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Hey Vincent,

    Thanks for those words of commendation friend. We just did an interview to the man behind the story, and we did find it a fun read as well..


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    Justin W Price 

    9 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

    fun work, Joseph. Like Alecia, I also love the format. Sharing...

  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Thanks Sunnie,

    George had so many things to tell us but he was as humble as any of us. He was more of a researcher than a Politician. There were times that he got in trouble with Booker T. Washington because he was putting finances aside for the sake of Investigation. His struggling beginnings made him stoic and methodic. barely spent the money he earned and thought of helping others. Thanks for the feedback Sunnie!


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    Sunnie Day 

    9 years ago

    What a wonderful hub. I loved the interview process of getting to know such a beautiful man who made it through horrendous times and struggles. I really admire Mr. Carver and learning more about this fantastic historical figure. He was a hero in my book..


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Same with me Eddie,

    Haven't stop since. HP is a really awesome plataform to vent your creativity and we! Thnaks for the feed back. See you..!


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    9 years ago from Wales

    A brilliant hub ;ever since joining HubPages my enjoyment and interest in History has doubled and more.

    An up up and away here without a doubt.

    Take care and enjoy your day.


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Bobbi dear, it goes both ways,

    I'm attracted to your work..since I love history and timelines. He did accomplish more that we read on the books..we did a great research to bring him to life and we enjoyed doing it. Thanks for your support and feedback!


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    Barbara Purvis Hunter 

    9 years ago from Florida


    Such a wonderful tribute to such a great man, whose life’s journey was through problematical times, and still he accomplished so much for his fellow man.

    If only we had a time machine so we could go back and talk to great people of the past. He would be on my list.

    As always I learn from reading your work, and I treasure all your hubs that I have read.

    Your Hub Friend,


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Following you right5 now FH,

    This classic had to be dusted off and we think we did a a good Job. GWC was a man of his time. There are so many things left 1922 he appeared before Congress to lobby for a Tariff for the unfair price of Peanuts from China...and you know what some people of the Supremacy race did? They mocked him. They could not stand this man in front of them, Wish was there to tell them to shut up and hear this man....but what went around came around. Thanks Financ HUB!


  • Lord De Cross profile imageAUTHOR

    Joseph De Cross 

    9 years ago from New York

    Glad you enjoyed the format Alecia. There was so much left, but the lenght was getting longer than we thought. He did 40 reports during his 47 tenure at tuskegee and had lots of inventions in his name. President Delano Roosvelt did spend 30 grand on the construction of the first monument dedicated to GWC, back in July 1943. Six months after his death. It did pay for him. His research and drive helped to improve our own economy back in the early days of the 20th century.


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    Alecia Murphy 

    9 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

    Really interesting hub Lord. I like the interview format. I remember learning alot about GWC in school and all of his amazing contributions. Unfortunately, I have peanut allergies so I cannot enjoy them all but I do appreciate what he contributed. I'm really enjoying your black history posts, keep up the great work!


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