Cate Lineberry - Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls' Escape from Slavery to Union Hero

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Monday, July 10, 2017 at 7:00 pm

In 1862 Robert Smalls, a twenty-three-year-old slave from Beaufort, South Carolina, seized a Confederate steamer, secreted his wife and two children on board, and sailed from Charleston Harbor to a nearby blockade of Union forces—and freedom. In her rich biography of Smalls (1839-1915), Lineberry, former National Geographic writer and editor and author of The Secret Rescue, celebrates an unjustly overlooked American hero. For Smalls, his own liberation was just the first step. He later became the first black captain of an Army ship, and his courageous example convinced Lincoln and others to let African Americans serve in the U.S. armed forces. After the War, Smalls was elected to the South Carolina State legislature and then the U.S. House. His achievements included writing the legislation that gave his state the nation’s first free and compulsory public school system.

Lineberry will be joined in conversation by Michael Boulware Moore, the great-great-grandson of Robert Smalls.

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Non Fiction
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$25.99
ISBN: 9781250101860
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Published: St. Martin's Press - June 20th, 2017

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