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George Washington Carver was born into slavery January of 1860 on the Moses Carver plantation in Diamond Grove Missouri He spent the first year of his life the brutal days of border war between Missouri and neighboring Kansas George was a very sickly child with a whooping cough which later lead to his speech impediment and he was tiny and puny Georges father James Carver died in a wood hauling accident when he was bringing wood to his masters house one day George was sick a great deal during his early years In 1861 when George was one year old raiders kidnapped him and his mother with horses from their home in Missouri Moses Carver Marys master heard that a bushwhacker named Bentley knew Marys whereabouts along with little Georges Moses offered him 40 acres of his best timberland and Pacer one of his best horses Bentley accepted the offer and started in pursuit all the way into Arkansas Bentley returned a few days later only with young George in a bundle and no sign of MaryA few years later in spring little George was in the woods scraping at the earth When someone was sick George gathered roots herbs and bark which he boiled to make medicines Carver grew to be a student of life and a scholar despite the illness and frailty of his early childhood Because he was not strong enough to work in the fields he helped with household chores and gardening Probably because of these duties and because of the hours he would spend exploring the woods around his home he developed a keen interest in plants at an early age Neighbors called George the Plant Doctor because he made house to house calls in Diamond Grove to prescribe for ailing plants George had his own mini garden where he nursed sick plants back to health Moses and Susan Carver his owners reared him until slavery was abolished in 1865
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