Many times the contributions in history of African Americans can be and are overlooked. This month, students are investigating why African American history IS American history. From the inception of the country, African Americans have been here. They have harvested cotton, tobacco, sugar cane as well as other crops which contributed to the economic foundation of the country. Oftentimes, to make these jobs more efficient and more tolerable for themselves, slaves invented tools to help in the harvest. African Americans did not only make strides in agriculture; they made strides in botany looking at soil nutrition; in medicine – life changing, groundbreaking surgeries; in chemistry – changing legumes into useful products to market. The students of room 210 and 211 investigated some of these inventions and are sharing them with you in hopes something here will pique your interest and spark conversation about the African American’s role in history.