Robert Smalls: From Contraband to Congress

American Republican politician, Robert Smalls (1839 - 1915), born a slave in South Carolina, he was later elected to serve as a Congressman for his home state. (Photo by MPI/Getty Images)

After his daring and impressive escape from slavery, Smalls was considered to be contraband, which was a term used for formerly enslaved people who joined the Union. But this was the beginning of an impressive career as a free man.

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Topics in this Podcast: U.S. civil war, 20th century, biographies, racism, Robert Smalls, South Carolina, U.S. history, Politics, what the Civil War was about, black history, 19th century, American history, slavery