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A Slave Commandeered a Confederate Ship in 1861. What Happened Next Is Legendary.

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Why isn’t there a movie about this amazing man?

* Robert Smalls was later given the ship he once took over, to command during the Civil War. After the war he bought the house he was a slave in, and became a US congressman.

* Small’s plan struck a blow against the Confederacy so significant that he was heralded across the nation.

* Carrying out this caliber of a mission required bravery, intelligence and precision timing — attributes that many whites at that time thought blacks didn’t possess.

* Smalls sat at the conference table next to Frederick Douglass as they tried to convince President Abraham Lincoln that African Americans should be allowed to fight for their own freedom.

* He served five terms in Congress. He ran a newspaper and helped found a state Republican Party.

[More.](http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/civil-war-hero-robert-smalls-seized-the-opportunity-to-be-free/2012/02/23/gIQAcGBtmR_story.html?slave)

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“A Slave Commandeered a Confederate Ship in 1861. What Happened Next Is Legendary.”