History books not including… Robert Smalls: The Slave Who Stole a Confederate Warship and Became a Congressman

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      L0oniX
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      This IMO is a really good read.

      To save his family—and himself—Robert Smalls had to do something drastic. His bravery made him a folk hero.

      Robert Smalls circa 1870-1880. Photo from Mathew Brady, Library of Congress / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain.
      It was the spring of 1862, and Robert Smalls—a 23-year-old enslaved man living in Charleston, South Carolina—was desperate to buy the freedom of his wife and children. The asking price was $800.

      He had money saved up. Since the age of 12, Smalls had worked odd jobs in Charleston: lamplighter, rigger, waiter, stevedore foreman. At around age 15, he had found work on the city’s docks and joined the crew of the ship CSS Planter. For every $15 he earned, Smalls was allowed to keep $1. The rest of the money went to his owner.

      Smalls tried earning extra cash on the side, buying candy and tobacco and reselling it at a higher price. But it was hardly enough. When he asked to buy the freedom of his wife and children, he barely had $100 to his name. He knew, at that rate, the task could take him decades. Smalls had to think of something new—something drastic.

      history at link

      https://getpocket.com/explore/item/robert-smalls-the-slave-who-stole-a-confederate-warship-and-became-a-congressman?utm_source=fbsynd&utm_medium=social&fbclid=IwAR3pIdNLQAGvx6qKTs4KANrReWW1G-8YJwSLktrjC-W8tB8kxZmbVa0ZonQ

      Had to post …love this.

      Fuck the DNC and its heard of goats

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    • #322123
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      Thanks for sharing.

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