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The Resource Be Free or Die

Be Free or Die

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Be Free or Die
Title
Be Free or Die
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Summary
***Finalist for the Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize***Henry Louis Gates, Jr: "A stunning tale of a little-known figure in history."Candice Millard: "Be Free or Die makes you want to stand up and cheer."The astonishing true story of Robert Smalls' amazing journey from slave to Union hero and ultimately United States Congressman.It was a mild May morning in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1862, the second year of the Civil War, when a twenty-three-year-old slave named Robert Smalls did the unthinkable and boldly seized a Confederate steamer. With his wife and two young children hidden on board, Smalls and a small crew ran a gauntlet of heavily armed fortifications in Charleston Harbor and delivered the valuable vessel and the massive guns it carried to nearby Union forces. To be unsuccessful was a death sentence for all. Smalls' courageous and ingenious act freed him and his family from slavery and immediately made him a Union hero while simultaneously challenging much of the country's view of what African Americans were willing to do to gain their freedom. After his escape, Smalls served in numerous naval campaigns off Charleston as a civilian boat pilot and eventually became the first black captain of an Army ship. In a particularly poignant moment Smalls even bought the home that he and his mother had once served in as house slaves.Cate Lineberry's Be Free or Die is a compelling narrative that illuminates Robert Smalls' amazing journey from slave to Union hero and ultimately United States Congressman. This captivating tale of a valuable figure in American history gives fascinating insight into the country's first efforts to help newly freed slaves while also illustrating the many struggles and achievements of African Americans during the Civil War
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Lineberry, Cate
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dictionaries
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  • Biography & Autobiography
  • History
  • African American Nonfiction
  • Nonfiction
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Be Free or Die
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Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781250101877
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk
Label
Be Free or Die
Publication
Dimensions
4 3/4 in. or 12 cm.
Form of item
electronic
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True
Isbn
9781250101877
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True
Specific material designation
optical disk

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