Seven Miles to Freedom: the Robert Smalls Story

Seven Miles to Freedom: the Robert Smalls Story

Seven Miles to Freedom

Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina in 1839.  Robert’s owner sent him to Charleston work.  He waited tables, made deliveries, loaded and unloaded the cargo from ships – and all of the money he earned went to his master.  What Robert could keep, was what he learned working on the docks.  He eventually became a wheelman – the person who steers a boat.  One night, Robert and his crew – all of them slaves – sneak their families aboard the ship Planter, stealing the ship and sailing North towards freedom. This is the story of an extraordinary man, a man who eventually bought his master’s plantation and was elected to the United States Congress in 1875! Author: Janet Halfmann Illustrator: Duane Smith

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