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.---from the publisher
40 pages 978-1543512816 Ages 8-12
Keywords: courage, African American, slavery, American history, Civil War, Social Studies Curriculum, risk, 8 year old, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, diversity, diverse books, ships, suspense, biography, African American author