Carver: a life in poems
from the book...
Carver was born a slave in Missouri about 1864 and was raised by the
childless white couple who had owned his mother. In 1877 he left home
in search of an education, eventually earning a master's degree. In
1896 Booker T. Washington invited Carver to start the agricultural
department at the all-black staffed Tuskegee Institute, where he spent
the rest of his life seeking solutions to the poverty among landless
black farmers by developing new uses for soil-replenishing crops such
as peanuts, cowpeas, and sweet potatoes. Carver;'s achievements as a
botanist and inventor were balanced by his gifts as a painter,
musician, and teacher.
This collection of
poems by award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson provides a compelling and
revealing portrait of Carver's complex, richly interior, profoundly
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