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Be free or die : the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero

Lineberry, Cate, author.,
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It was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a twenty-three-year-old slave named Robert Smalls did the unthinkable and boldly seized a Confederate steamer. With his wife and two young children hidden on board, Smalls and a small crew ran a gauntlet of heavily armed fortifications in Charleston Harbor and delivered the valuable vessel and the massive guns it carried to nearby Union forces. To be unsuccessful was a death sentence for all. Smalls' courageous and ingenious act freed him and his family from slavery and immediately made him a Union hero while simultaneously challenging much of the countrý??s view of what African Americans were willing to do to gain their freedom. After his escape, Smalls served in numerous naval campaigns off Charleston as a civilian boat pilot and eventually became the first black captain of an Army ship. In a particularly poignant moment Smalls even bought the home that he and his mother had once served in as house slaves. Be Free or Die is a compelling narrative that illuminates Robert Smallś?? amazing journey from slave to Union hero and ultimately United States Congressman. This captivating tale of a valuable figure in American history gives fascinating insight into the country's first efforts to help newly freed slaves while also illustrating the many struggles and achievements of African Americans during the Civil War.

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  • 4 of 5 copies available at OWWL.

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Lyons Public Library B SMALLS (Text)
Adult Nonfiction
52141300479838
Available
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Red Jacket Community Library B SMA (Text)
Adult Biography
RJP0103825
Available
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Sodus Community Library BIO SMALLS (Text)
Adult Biographies
52148300465030
Available
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Walworth-Seely Public Library BIO Smalls (Text)
Adult Biography
52129300915646
Available
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Wood Library Association - Canandaigua B SMALLS (Text)
Adult Biography
31846002748852
Checked out
01/02/2018

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