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George Washington Carver George Washington Carver was born into slavery at the end of the Civil War near Diamond Grove Missouri His mother was owned by Moses Carver and his paternity is unknown It is believed that his father was a slave on a neighboring farm who was killed in a log-hauling accident shortly after George was born Moses Carver was a prosperour slave owning Unionist and was the target of Confederate bushwhacking on three different occasions Near the end of the Civil War a group of these road onto Carvers land in search of money Georges brother Jim was able to hide but young George and his mother Mary were kidnapped and taken to Arkansas George was relocated in 1865 and was returned to Moses Carver but Mary was never found Moses Carver and his wife Susan raised both George and Jim as if they were their own This was very unconventional due to their basic opposition to slavery and their support for the Uniion Jim was stronger and helped Moses with the outdoor work while Jim was sickly and frail He helped Susan indoors She taught him how to cook bake sew and do other household chores as well as how to read He soon developed a love for drawing as well as an interest in nature and animals Though the Carvers told George at a young age that he was no longer a slave he remained on the plantation until he was about ten or twelve year old He then left to aquire an education In order to persue this education he had to leave the town and move to Neosho Missouri to attend a school for African Americans In order to support himself at this time he had varied occupations that included a general household worker hotel cook laundryman farm laborer and homes teacher He later moved to Fort Scott Kansass to attend highschool at which time he
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