Format:
Book
Author:
Lineberry, Cate, author.
Title:
Be free or die : the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero / Cate Lineberry.
Edition:
First edition.
Publisher, Date:
New York, NY : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
©2017
Description:
xiii, 272 pages. 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 22 cm
Summary:
"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."--Jacket flap.
Subjects:
Smalls, Robert, 1839-1915.
Smalls, Robert, 1839-1915.
Planter (Steamship)
United States. Congress. House -- Biography.
Planter (Steamship)
United States. Congress. House.
United States. Congress. House -- Biography.
American Civil War (1861-1865)
1861-1865
African Americans -- Biography.
Ship captains -- United States -- Biography.
African American legislators -- Biography.
Fugitive slaves -- South Carolina -- Beaufort -- Biography.
African American legislators.
African Americans.
Fugitive slaves.
Military participation -- African American.
Ship captains.
Military participation -- African American.
African American legislators -- Biography.
African Americans -- Biography.
Fugitive slaves -- South Carolina -- Beaufort -- Biography.
Ship captains -- United States -- Biography.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical.
HISTORY / African American.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / United States / State & Local / South (AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN, VA, WV)
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American.
Beaufort (S.C.) -- Biography.
South Carolina -- Beaufort.
United States.
Beaufort (S.C) -- Biography.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Participation, African American.
Genre:
Biographies.
Biographies.
Biography.
History.
Contents:
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.
LCCN:
2017004245
ISBN:
9781250101860
Other Number:
983799054
System Availability:
1
Current Holds:
0
# Local items:
1
Control Number:
350831
Call Number:
973.8092
Course Reserves:
0
# Local items in:
0
# System items in:
0