Born into slavery, Robert Smalls (1839–1915) was a ship captain, businessman, advocate, and congressman. Learn more about Smalls through selected sources including books, manuscripts, speeches, and websites.
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Created: November 8, 2021
Last Updated: February 8, 2022
Robert Smalls was a Civil War hero known for captaining a crew that hijacked a Confederate ship and delivering it to the Union Army. He was elected to the South Carolina state Senate, then he was elected to represent the southeast South Carolina U.S. Congressional district and served for five terms. Smalls continually fought against black disenfranchisement, for the Republican Party, and for the betterment of South Carolina.
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