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

Lineberry, Cate, (author.).

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  • 29 of 33 copies available at SC LENDS. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at South Carolina State Library. (Show)
  • 1 of 2 copies available at South Carolina State Library.

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South Carolina State Library B Sm189L (Text) 0010103668827 Adult SC Collection Non-Circulating -
South Carolina State Library B Sm189L (Text) 0010103668835 Adult SC Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781250101860
  • Physical Description: xiii, 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, [2017]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
The escape -- South Carolina's son -- In the service of the Confederacy -- Union hero -- Our country calls -- North and south -- The Keokuk -- Captain Smalls -- The City of Brotherly Love -- Triumph and tragedy -- Retaliation and reward -- Epilogue.
Summary, etc.:
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 country'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 Smalls' 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.-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Smalls, Robert, 1839-1915.
Planter (Steamship)
United States. Congress. House > Biography.
African Americans > Biography.
Ship captains > United States > Biography.
United States > History > Civil War, 1861-1865 > Participation, African American.
African American legislators > South Carolina > Biography.
Fugitive slaves > South Carolina > Beaufort > Biography.
Beaufort (S.C.) > Biography.
Genre: Biographies.

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