The Escape of Robert Smalls
The Escape of Robert Smalls
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The Escape of Robert Smalls

Written by Jehan Jones-Radgowski & illustrated by Poppy Kang
Published by Capstone Press
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The mist in Charleston Inner Harbor was heavy, but not heavy enough to disguise the stolen Confederate steamship, the Planter, from Confederate soldiers. In the early hours of May 13, 1862, in the midst of the deadly U.S. Civil War, an enslaved man named Robert Smalls was about to carry out a perilous plan of escape. Standing at the helm of the ship, Smalls impersonated the captain as he and his crew passed heavily armed Confederate forts to enter Union territory, where escaped slaves were given shelter. The suspenseful escape of the determined crew is celebrated with beautiful artwork and insightful prose, detailing the true account of an unsung American hero.

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    Book Details

    Publication Date
    October 1, 2019
    Page Count
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    Reading Age
    9 - 12 years
    Lib. of Congress (LCCN)
    ASIN/ISBN 10
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