Robert Smalls

In 1862, Robert Smalls, an enslaved crewmember of the CSS Planter, steals the boat, sails it past the heavily armed defenses of Charleston Harbor in South Carolina and delivers it into the hands of the Union forces further out. The bold act makes Smalls a hero in the North, an outlaw throughout the Confederacy and a powerful symbol of hope and freedom to the enslaved people of the South. Can't see the video? Watch on YouTube: http://youtu.be/IW6EQ7QkCC8

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