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Robert Smalls

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Jake Eriksson

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Robert Smalls By: Jake Eriksson "Robert Smalls." Robert Smalls - Official Website and Information Center. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://www.robertsmalls.org/>.
"SMALLS, Robert - Biographical Information." SMALLS, Robert - Biographical Information. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=s000502>.
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Adams, Dennis, and Grace Morris. "About Robert Smalls." Beaufort County Library. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://www.beaufortcountylibrary.org/htdocs-sirsi/smalls.htm>.
"Robert Smalls." Lesson Plan. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://www.teachingushistory.org/lessons/Smalls.html>.
"Hagley Library : The Du Ponts and the Civil War : Robert Smalls." Hagley Library : The Du Ponts and the Civil War : Robert Smalls. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://www.hagley.org/library/exhibits/civilwar/smalls/index.html>.
"School Facts." Robert Smalls Middle School. N.p., n.d. Web. 14 Oct. 2012. <http://rsms.beaufortsc.schoolfusion.us/modules/cms/pages.phtml?pageid=168185>. Bibiliography Basic Info Born April 5th, 1839
Born in Beaford South Carolina.
Is mulatto
Was a slave till he was 23 years old
Lived in Charleston and Beaford South Carolina
Was a Republican
Didn't believe in slavery
Died Febuary 23, 1915 Smalls in Congess Served 5 terms in Congress
U.S. Representative from 1875–1879, 1882–1883, 1884–1887
Republican from South Carolina Slave Life Robert Smalls was slave in Beaford till 1851 In 1851 h He was sold to Charleston and worked there, where he adventually became a ship rigger and sailor. The Planter The Planter is was a 147 foot long cotton steamer
During the Civil War it took supplies to Charleston South Carolina.
This is the ship that Robert Smalls was on when he made his escape Quote “My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere. All they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.”
-Robert Smalls in Congress The Escape Escaping Surrender On May 13, 1862 Robert Smalls was on a ship called the Planter, which was loaded with armaments to give to rebel forts. The captain and white men were sleeping on shore, contrary to the orders. At 3 am Robert Smalls led his wife, children and 12 other slaves away. Robert Smalls had passed out of the Confederate territory without an opposition due to his well though plan and riding in a confederate ship. Once he reached the Union Blockade he lowered the Confederate flag and South Carolina flag. He put up a white bed sheet as a surrender flag. Right before the Unions were going to blast the ship. U.S.S. Onward Union ship searched the Planter then brought it to Union states, where Robert Smalls was greeted like a hero. Robert Smalls was an extremely smart man, as he sailed away with the Planter he put on the captains hats to partly cover his face and on of his overcoats. Robert Smalls was a very good sailor and new how to navigate his ship along the coast. Robert Smalls Middle School The school in 1925
School was named after Robert Smalls Legacy Paved the way for African Americans in the navy
Helped education
Led the way for African Americans to freedom
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