This straightforward biography of George Washington Carver pays tribute both to an extraordinary scientist and an unusual human being. Born into slavery, Carver's childhood was in the hands of successive foster parents, some white, some Negro, all of whom grew extremely attached to him, and for whom he felt a deep filial bond. Universally talented, he at various times considered careers as divergent as music, art and science. His contribution in discovering the value of the common ""peanut-"" averted an economic disaster in the South, and was only exceeded by the contribution he made as a spokesman, both of America and of the Negro people. Written in a simple, factual style, the biographer allows the works and spirit of his subject to speak for themselves.