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Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story

Janet Halfmann

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ISBN 10: 1600602320 / ISBN 13: 9781600602320
Published by Lee & Low Books, 2008
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Title: Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls ...

Publisher: Lee & Low Books

Publication Date: 2008

Book Condition:Good

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Robert Smalls stood at the Planter's wheel. Only seven miles of water lay between the ship and the Union blockade. For Robert, his family, and his crewmates, reaching the blockade would mean a chance at freedom.

Growing up a slave in South Carolina, Robert Smalls had always dreamed of the moment freedom would be within his grasp. Now it was here, and all the lives aboard the Planter were in Robert's hands. With precision and daring, he would have to navigate past the forts ahead and steer the ship to the safety of the Union fleet. Just one miscalculation could be deadly, but for Robert and the others it was a risk worth taking.

Seven Miles to Freedom is a compelling account of the daring escape of Robert Smalls, a slave steamboat wheelman who would become one of the Civil War's greatest heroes. His steadfast courage in the face of adversity serves a model for all who must overcome the seemingly insurmountable.

From the Author:

I was inspired to write Seven Miles to Freedom while researching African American achievements during the Civil War. "What a gripping adventure!" I thought, as I read about how Robert Smalls stole a Confederate steamboat right from under the noses of the Confederates and delivered it to the Union Navy. I was sure young readers would be as spellbound by his daring escape to freedom as I was. And at the same time, they would learn the story of an important African American hero seldom found in history books.

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