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

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

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Be free or die : the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero
Title
Be free or die
Title remainder
the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero
Statement of responsibility
Cate Lineberry
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 973.8092
  • B
Illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
E185.97.S6
LC item number
L56 2017
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Be free or die : the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero, Cate Lineberry
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250101860
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2017004245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map
Label
Be free or die : the amazing story of Robert Smalls' escape from slavery to Union hero, Cate Lineberry
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
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
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xiii, 272 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9781250101860
Isbn Type
(hc)
Lccn
2017004245
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
map

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