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In this episode of Heroes Of History, we briefly explore George Washington Carver, 1860-1943, who was an agricultural scientist and inventor at Tuskegee Institute, in Tuskegee Alabama. Carver was born into slavery, raised during the Reconstruction Era, who later, out of necessity discovered and developed using legumes, that is, peanuts, sweet potatoes, and soybeans to provide nitrogen in the soil of Alabama’s over farmed nitrogen depleted cotton fields. To do this, he developed the first method to rotate crops. Two years of legumes followed by a year of cotton. His inventive thinking of rotating crops with nitrogen fixers, introduced new farming practices, which in turn, became today’s multi-billion-dollar soybean and peanut industry.
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