George Washington Carver: The Peanut Man

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George Washington Carver who many refer to as the “peanut man” was more than just what his nickname suggests. Throughout his lifetime, Carver experimented with many crops and agriculture in order to find a common link between humanity and nature. His avid love for nature, which fueled his research, is the reason why today’s scientists are able to analyze and build off of his work. George Washington Carver’s research, experiments, and findings in agronomics provided improved farming methods in agriculture, showed his care and respect for his people as he attempted to financially fix the lives of Black farmers, and lastly, his work highlighted groundbreaking accomplishments as an African-American for his time.
George Washington Carver’s research was impactful to society because it proposed a new method of farming in the South known as soil restoration through a process called crop rotation. Mark Hershey, author of Hints and Suggestions to Farmers: George Washington Carver and Rural Conservation in the South, has concluded research on Carver’s influence in agriculture. According to him, overproduction of cotton overworked the soil in the South, causing it to become infertile. This situation posed a huge problem for many farmers given that the main crop they grew was cotton (2000, pg.242). Luckily, Carver’s new discovery became a solution to the cotton crisis. Carver posed that the growing of sweet potatoes and legumes such as peanuts and soybeans would replenish the soil. This

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