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The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery
The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery
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The Escape of Robert Smalls: A Daring Voyage Out of Slavery

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.

PublisherCapstone Editions
BrandCapstone Editions
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 3-6
SubjectTransportation, Biography, Social Studies
Trim Size9 x 11
Page Count40
* Available on 9/1/2019



Kirkus Reviews

"The true story of an unsung African American hero who deserves to be remembered. . . .The illustrations, primarily in browns, greens, and blues to evoke the nocturnal and maritime setting, will help readers envision the time and place of Smalls' escape. The informative backmatter, including a photograph of Smalls, offers an overview of his life and later career as a U.S. congressman and a landowner (of his former master's home). . . .Ideal for piquing readers' interest in a determined and inspiring historical figure." - Kirkus Reviews

June 1, 2019

Jehan Jones-Radgowski

Jehan Jones-Radgowski

Jehan Jones-Radgowski is a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. She has lived all over the world, including South Africa, Spain, Venezuela, Ghana, and the Dominican Republic. She is a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. Jehan currently lives in Germany with her family.

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