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Carver, George Washington (1864?-1943) to Grady Porter

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04207 Author/Creator: Carver, George Washington (1864?-1943) Place Written: Tuskegee, Alabama Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 9 August 1931 Pagination: 1 p. : envelope ; 28.2 x 21.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Carver, a celebrated agricultural chemist, requests peanut vines from Porter, a researcher from a peanut processing plant in Columbus, Georgia. In an attempt to assist Porter in peanut planting and diagnosing peanut disease, Carver states that wilted vines are acceptable. Requests that Porter bring the vines next time he travels to Tuskegee. Comments on the large quantity of rain Tuskegee recently received. Written on Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute stationery, with an envelope containing the printed return address of the Director, Research and Experiment Station, Tuskegee Institute.

Background Information: Carver, noted for his developments in peanut farming, revolutionized Southern agriculture through his experiments with crop diversification. He also expanded the industrial use of agricultural products. As a prominent African-American ...scientist, Carver helped to dismantle stereotypes about the intellectual inferiority of people of color. See More

People: Carver, George Washington, 1864-1943
Porter, Grady, fl. 1931

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: Science and TechnologyAfrican American HistoryAgriculture and Animal HusbandryDiet and nutritionEducationExtreme Weather

Sub Era: The Great Depression

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