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Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Excellent way to learn history

    This is a true story about Robert Smalls, a slave born in 1839, who lived in South Carolina. While his master was kind to him, he grew to hate slavery because he saw the terrible treatment of other slaves. Working in Charleston, where he married and had children, he learned how to pilot steamboats along the coast. Following the attack on Ft. Sumter and the beginning of the American Civil War, Robert, his family, and his crew made plans for a daring escape to the Union forces. You will want to read this book to see how they tried to get away and if their plan succeeded. Biographical accounts, such as this one, which tell about interesting and exciting events in the lives of important people, whether famous or not, are an excellent way to learn more about the history of our nation. The author concludes with an Afterword which relates further information about the life of Robert Smalls and his role as a true hero in the story of African-American advancement, along with a list of sources in case anyone would like to do further study. This book is both fun and educational, and I think that children will like reading it immensely, as I did.

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  • Posted April 12, 2012

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    Review title: Lit Up With Hope. *Unusual color illustrations, u

    Review title: Lit Up With Hope. *Unusual color illustrations, unlike any seen in other books. At age twelve what was Robert's employment position? And what was his monthly "salary"? Do you know what a "wheelman" is? During the Spring of 1861 South Carolina and several other states left being a part of the U.S.A. and became known as the Confederate States of America and the northern states remained as the U.S.A. or "the Union." This was the beginning of the American Civil War. How do you think this impacted Robert's life? What happened in the Spring of 1862? As you read this biography you'll learn these and other facts.

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    Posted September 18, 2009

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