George Washington Carver

Instructed by William J. Federer

George Washington Carver

We’ll examine the amazing life story of Dr. George W. Carver, slave birth, Iowa State graduate and Tuskegee professor who revolutionized the economy of America’s south by developing hundreds of uses for the peanut. In spite of humble beginnings, Carver was motivated to achieve against all odds. Join us as we examine Carver’s personal letters and correspondence and gain an understanding of why he exemplifies the principles and values of creativity, hard work, humility, patience and faith which led to the creation of a $500,000,000 peanut industry by the time of his death.

This course is an historical journey into the life of renowned African-American agricultural scientist George Washington Carver. We’ll read his own life account as documented in his many letters to benefactors, friends, students, colleagues, and even critics, manifesting his faith and personal philosophy. Through hard work and determination, Carver obtained an education, earning both bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Iowa State College. Dr. Carver also studied art, literature, and music at Simpson College and was awarded an honorary doctorate. In 1897, the distinguished educator, Booker T. Washington, persuaded Carver to leave Iowa State College and join him in Tuskegee Institute in Alablama, a struggling school for black children. There he taught children to read and write. He also taught them how to feed themselves and their families by teaching them how to plant and harvest crops. Dr. Carver dedicated the rest of his life to laboratory research at Tuskegee, discovering more than 300 uses for the peanut, more than 118 uses for the sweet potato, dozens of other crops including soybeans. Dr. Carver’s contributions have indeed touched our world. Join us as we learn more about this amazing American and become further inspired by his fierce determination and unquenchable faith.


George Washington Carver
Lecture 1 Early Life
Lecture 2 His Education
Lecture 3 His College Life
Lecture 4 His Life at Tuskegee
Lecture 5 Peanuts!
Lecture 6 Growing Influence
Lecture 7 Pressing On
Lecture 8 Words of Wisdom
Lecture 9 His Healing Touch
Lecture 10 Final Thoughts