George Washington Carver: A National Folk Hero

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George Washington Carver is one of the best-known African Americans of his era. He is known mainly from his research on peanuts. As his fame grew, many myths came about that took away some of the true nature of his work. Being such a humble person is what the publicists liked about him, and is what made him a national folk hero. George Washington Carver is one of the greatest and most well known African American inventors of his time.
Carver was born in Diamond, Missouri in sometime during the 1860’s. His mother was kidnapped by slave raiders and never returned when he wa just an infant. He was set free and orphaned, shortly after, by the white family that originally kept his mother as a slave. The Carver’s raised George and his brother as

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