Wizard of Science – George Washington Carver

Today we are featuring this fascinating vintage comic book biography of George Washington Carver (1860 – 1943).

Carver, the son of a slave, was an American botanist, environmentalist and inventor who actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. While a professor at Tuskegee Institute, he developed techniques to improve soils depleted by repeated plantings of cotton. He wanted poor farmers to grow alternative crops, such as peanuts & sweet potatoes, both as a source of their own food and to improve their quality of life. In an era of very high racial polarization, his fame reached beyond the black community. He was widely recognized and praised in the white community for his many achievements and talents.

This seven page story was originally published in Negro Heroes #1 way back in 1944. The full comic book, along with thousands of other vintage public domain comic books,  can be found at the Digital Comic Museum website.

To download this PDF comic book story, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key, then click the link and save the PDF to your Mac.

American Revolution Lesson Plans & Activities

From the Jamestown Settlement & American Revolution Museum at Yorktown, create a revolutionary experience in your homeschool using one of these colonial America-related lesson plans and activity guides. Topics include: How do we know about Colonial life? What challenges did the Continental Army face? What was everyday life like in colonial Virginia?

Also on the site are “Anna’s Adventures – Activity Sheets & Videos”, where you can test your success as a colonial farmer, learn how to play the marching drum, download a popular strategy game in colonial times, and even make pickles the old fashioned way!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

The Timeline of Food

Ever wonder how the ancient Romans fed their armies? What the pioneers cooked along the Oregon Trail? What your great-grandparent’s favorite dessert was? Who invented the potato chip…and why? So do we!!!

Food history presents a fascinating buffet of popular lore and contradictory facts. Some experts say it’s impossible to express this topic in exact timeline format. They are correct. Most foods are not invented; they evolve.

Whether you’re looking for the origin of coffee or hamburgers in America, or want to know who invented Twinkies or Coca Cola, this fascinating food timeline – with hundreds of clickable notes and lots more in-depth information when you want it –  makes the history of food both fun and educational.

CLICK HERE to go to the website!