Gullah Statesman: Robert Smalls from Slavery to Congress, 1839-1915

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University of South Carolina Press, 1995 - African American legislators - 285 pages
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The remarkable life story of the Civil War's first African-American hero.

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Gullah Statesman is an incredibly well-researched and well-documented biography. The impressive amount of detail Miller provides on the life and times of Robert Smalls is, to date, unparalleled and provides the reader with a very comprehensive understanding of the man, the world in which he and his fellow African Americans lived, his struggles and his triumphs. A biography of this quality on such a remarkable man was long overdue and it is a valuable contribution to political, African American and Civil War history. 

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I don't know how the author did it, but he made a book about a man who escaped slavery by commandeering a Confederate boat and then went on to serve in Congress boring. While it was a decent history of the time, we didn't get to know the man at all. Read full review

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Escape of the Planter and War Service
1
In Service of the State
35
Congressman from South Carolina
93
Copyright

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