Did George Washington Carver Really Invent 300 Uses for the Peanut?

Did George Washington Carver Really Invent 300 Uses for the Peanut?

George Washington Carver is usually credited with inventing 300 uses for the peanut. Is this true?

George Washington Carver, one of the nation’s unsung heroes, invented many new uses for the peanut, revitalizing the peanut business. He claimed to have over three hundred uses for the peanut. If it were not for this man, we would never have Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwiches, one of the staples of the elementary school lunch time.

The black George Washington Carver was born sometime around 1864. His father died shortly after, and he and his mother were soon kidnapped by Confederate slave raiders in Arkansas. He was eventually returned to his home, never to hear from his mother again. His sickness as a child led him to a life of education. He became interested in plants, painting, and piano. He was the first black man to attend Iowa State University, majoring in scientific agriculture. He soon would be recognized for his work with Peanuts and Sweet Potatoes. In 1943, he died at the age of seventy-eight after complications from a fall.

Perhaps Carver’s most famous action was his uses for the peanut. He claimed to have over three hundred uses for the ordinary peanut. On his list, he included “Peanut Butter”, “Pancake flour” and “Milks”. Also included were more unique items, like “Peanut Oil Shampoo” and “Pomade.” His list earned himself, and the south (where peanuts are native) much acclaim for the miracle plant he made it out to be.

Critics have pointed out flaws in Carver’s list. For example, he included thirty cloth dyes, seventeen stains, eleven wall boards, and eleven flours. These items alone make up over 100 items on the list, more than one-third. For example, on his list are the entries “Salted Peanuts” and “Shredded Peanuts”, two only slightly different forms of peanuts. On the list were also things that Carver didn’t invent. If you were to remove every redundancy and item not invented by Carver, you would only have about one hundred items, rather than the three hundred advertised.

George Washington Carver was definitely a man of firsts. He was the first black man to go to college at Iowa State, and definitely the first to popularize the use of the peanut. His three hundred uses for the peanut ingrained him forever in American history. His list benefited not only himself, but also the southern economy. Peanut sales spiked, and his work with Sweet Potatoes also helped the south greatly (since both plants are from there). Carver’s work effected not only times back then, but has also impacted the economy today more than we know.

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anonymous, posted this comment on Feb 2nd, 2008

I want the USES FOR THE PEANUTS!

Cruz, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2008

His mother just dissapeared

bob, posted this comment on Feb 24th, 2008

peanuts rock

babalooba, posted this comment on Feb 24th, 2008

hi im da best and gwc is coolio

moo, posted this comment on Mar 3rd, 2008

all people who like peanuts are cool

idk my bff jill, posted this comment on Apr 16th, 2008

PEANUT BUTTER IS SICK!!!

My DIK, posted this comment on Jan 2nd, 2009

its great :)

hgjhgjka, posted this comment on Jan 16th, 2009

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none, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2009

george washington carver is a very great man i thought i wouldn’t like him because i have to do a research project about famouse african americans and now that im reading about him he is starting to sound like a very great man im still researching about him but i still wanted to research about martin luther king jr. but im still ok with george washingon carver

amber, posted this comment on Jan 28th, 2009

omg yall didnt help me none! i need to know what all was made! ugh!

knowledge, posted this comment on Feb 13th, 2009

do your own research lazy smurf and stop waiting for someone to give you the answers …..

anonomous, posted this comment on Feb 17th, 2009

kool this is AWESOME

knowledge, posted this comment on Feb 19th, 2009

what is his pourpose

Me, posted this comment on Feb 20th, 2009

You still didnt tell me everything he invented.

tiffany rodgers, posted this comment on Feb 23rd, 2009

so what are the uses for peanut butter?

dont trip, posted this comment on Feb 25th, 2009

what are the uses

confidential, posted this comment on Mar 27th, 2009

it helped me blaa blaaa

renny, posted this comment on Mar 27th, 2009

wow i never new that wow peanuts wow

sammy , posted this comment on Mar 30th, 2009

ya me to i need them for a class report

fatboy, posted this comment on Nov 18th, 2009

sucks for his mom the K.K.K took her!!

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

im racist wat do call 2 blacks on a bike A; oraganized crime

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

im think george washington carver wa sa reatard

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

GWC is a awsome pearson i normaly dont like blacks but he is cool!!!!!

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

i luv wc he is so hot by the way connor

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

hey my name is connor i go to adamsville elementry school i am a guy by te way i like gwc as a boyfriend he is hot but im a white kid and he is black but he is still hot

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

its me connor i iwsh gwc was still alive so gwc and me could have a lil fun together bc i realy like him

ace man, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

gwc is cool he is inspirational 2 me. that is y i think he is hot as heck he is so hot i wonder if he has a big toy

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

yesterday at school i feeel asleep in social studies an the teacheer had 2 yell at me an i said i was dreaming of havin mfun in playlsand with gwc

ace, posted this comment on Jan 19th, 2010

connor here who wrote the lies above wtf

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Jan 21st, 2010

adam wrote it connor u no u like gwc u guy luvin kid

quanesha, posted this comment on Feb 3rd, 2010

why do whites have problems wit blacks or blacks have problems wit whites. we have did nutyn to yu guys and we love white people why yu dont lyke us im tryin to stop racist people from lykin diferent colors no matter if your black or white we all should be treated equally

breyana, posted this comment on Feb 6th, 2010

u guys are sick (connor) and racist 2 not all of yall but yall knw who i’m talkin bout wwjd dummies

te bes nd nun less, posted this comment on Feb 6th, 2010

ace is a dummy wwjd

bbbbbbbbbbbbbbb, posted this comment on Feb 22nd, 2010

why i HATE YOU I NEED MORE INFO

hardstyle23, posted this comment on Mar 8th, 2010

this still didnt give me what i needed for my report
i need the credit does any body know any ways
of what he used peanuts for plz…

BOO BABY, posted this comment on Mar 11th, 2010

DID GEOGRE WASHINGTON CAVER INVENT THE SCISSORS OR NOT

mr.mells, posted this comment on Apr 23rd, 2010

Ummmmm………………………If you dont like black get out of here tinytot 1997.

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2010

and whta if i dnt mr.mells u smell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2010

ugly breyena connor is here re re

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2010

i am racist and so proud of it…………….

random...2, posted this comment on Apr 27th, 2010

all ya is some racist little b words.!
and im not racist but that priest joke was funny as hell.! lol
ps~i heart peanuts and gwc
~i wonder how many things you could make out of gwc???
{peanuts are awesome}

tinytot1997, posted this comment on Apr 28th, 2010

yepp thanks 4likeing my joke…. but its the truth…. what do u call 2black pple ona bike???? organized crime……..

b, posted this comment on Jan 22nd, 2011

Kind of interesting that he still get such props for inventing 300 uses for peanuts considering we have hundreds of thousands of use for them today. Now a days it would be just barely enough of a discovery to keep a job. With everything black (it is ok to say white so i assume it is ok to say black :) people have done it is increadible he hasnt been replaced or forgotten about. Also btw reacting to a racist coment is what he was trying to accomplish, next time dont give people you dont like what they want.

weezy, posted this comment on Jan 22nd, 2011

Challenge- come up with 300 uses for peanuts. Im sure everyone who reads this can do it (might not be so useful but it isnt hard)

John Desmedt, posted this comment on Feb 1st, 2011

Pomade & peanut butter, of all developments in history, GENIUS – something for schools to focus on, as they do.

dj, posted this comment on Mar 20th, 2011

this gave me crap bitchis

aember, posted this comment on Mar 12th, 2012

i love peanuts! :)

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