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Transcript of Robert Smalls
Robert Smalls was born in Beaufort,
South Carolina on April 5, 1839, And died on February 23, 1915 in his home town of Beaufort South Carolina.
Smalls was married to Hannah Jones and had two children a girl named Elizabeth Lydia and boy named Robert, Jr.
Smalls was a house slave by the age of twelve, His owner was John K. Mckee.
Mckee sent Smalls to Charleston to work as a Waiter, Ship rigger, and Sailor getting only half of his earnings which was only $15 a month which continued till he was eighteen years of age.
Stealing The Ship
Impact on African Americans
Robert Smalls had a huge impact on African Americans with going to school equal to white people and he had made a big risk by stealing the planter and saving those other slaves he had put his life on the lline to help others before he had helped himself.
Robert had achieved the unthinkable with his deception and bravery, He stole a ship that was fully stocked with hundreds of rounds of ammunition, howitzer guns, other weapons, but most importantly it had seventeen pieces of confederate property all of which were warm blooded human beings that had been in slaved.
After Stealing The Ship
Robert was in the civil war after the civil war he had entered politics as a politician and he authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and required public school system in the United States, and founded the Republican Party of South Carolina.
Elizabeth Winter "Smalls Robert (1839- 1915)" Black past.org 2007
Greg Timmons "Robert Smalls Bio" The Biography.com N/A January 7, 2016
By: Elyza Lamson