George Washington Carver was born a slave in 1861 near Diamond Grove, Missouri. Though terribly disadvantaged and oppressed by the racism of his time did not let those challenges stop him from becoming one of the most important inventors in the history of America. His advancements in agriculture helped create thriving commercial crops in the southern United States that replaced former worn out cotton fields with what became important the cash crops of peanuts and sweet potatoes.
He also developed numerous derivative products from the peanut and sweet potato that allowed the southern United States economy and farmers to get back on their feet and released the southern United States excessive dependence on cotton. He was a modest man who did not seek the spotlight or fame. George Washington Carver is an example of what it takes to be a Great American.
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