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George Washington Carver - His Life and His Works DVD (2009)

Various , James Whitefield - Kaw Valley Films  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Various
  • Directors: James Whitefield - Kaw Valley Films
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc.
  • DVD Release Date: September 21, 2009
  • Run Time: 30 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002PUPI5U
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #415,757 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An inspirational program for all African-Americans as well as anyone looking to improve their lives through self-motivation, education and hard work. The complete history of Carver's life is perfect for students, teachers and historians. --Parent

I will show this program to everyone in my class. A great story of American spirit and ingenuity. --Educator, Illinois

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GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: His Life and His Works DVD For anyone interested in Black History or inspirational and motivational stories this is a one of a kind program that must be viewed. Born into slavery and reared during the Reconstruction years in the South, George Washington Carver struggled through poor health, poverty and prejudice...to become a great benefactor, not only to his people...but to his country as well. Carver is known in history books as the peanut man for his research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton. As one of the world s foremost experts in agriculture and horticulture, Carver, through his research and teaching at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama practically reinvented land management in the South. He is said to have compiled a list of over 300 uses for and by-products of peanuts such as cosmetics, dyes and paints, plastics, gasoline and nitroglycerin. But his work as a creative scientist stretches far beyond that endeavor. He marveled at the world around him and his ability to inspire those closely associated with him may well have been one of his greatest lifetime achievements. As a living example of the importance of hard work, a positive attitude and a good education, Carver was instrumental in changing the stereotype of the time that the black race was intellectually inferior to the white race. Here then, is the story of Carver s life...a life that should not be forgotten, for it is full of hope, meaning and inspiration. To commemorate his life and inventions, George Washington Carver Recognition Day is celebrated on January 5, the anniversary of Carver's death. For anyone looking for an inspirational story, for historians, teachers and students, and for young and old alike this DVD featuring stunning photography and a superb original music score is certain to be watched again and again.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This program is excellent for briging together the "bootstrap" theory that anyone, if they work hard enough can succeed and that success is not always measured through wealth. This is a teaching program - about crop rotations, inventions, peanut uses, changing the economy of the South, raising up poor black farmers through education and giving,and also the story of who Carver was as a man. It traces his life from childhood till the end. A must for any teacher, homeschooler, faith based group, motivational companies, and librarians. Really appeals to all age groups from 4th grade up. The production values are exellent as well.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
George Washington Carver was a great American who devoted his life to improving the lives of African-Americans, but his influence has been felt by all Americans. Carver rose from a background of poverty without knowing his parents to become one of the most educated and celebrated men of his time. Had he patented any of his inventions and discoveries, the Tuskegee Institute would have rivaled Menlo Park.

Carver is one of my favorite American scientists and I was eager to watch GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: HIS LIFE AND WORKS. However, though the DVD does provide a solid introduction to the life of Carver, I was a tad disappointed. The first five minutes or so of the video contain a series of random images from nature with the film's narrator reciting some of Carver's words. I think this is intended to be an introduction, but it just doesn't work very well. Once the presentation actually starts talking about Carver and his life, it becomes more interesting. The film covers Carver's life from his childhood until his death. It also includes several actual silent film clips of Carver as well as one where Carver is talking.

Other than the rather tedious beginning, GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER: HIS LIFE AND WORKS is a decent DVD that provides a solid introduction to the life and works of Carver. Recommended as a resource for teachers and librarians and for students between 3rd-6th grades.
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