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Old 08-20-2018, 11:14 AM
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Never heard of this dude till today. Do yourself a favor and read his entire wiki page. Absolute amazing human being. His life reads like a movie script.

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Robert Smalls (April 5, 1839 – February 23, 1915) was an enslaved African American who escaped to freedom and became a ship's pilot, sea captain, and politician.

He freed himself, his crew and their families from slavery during the American Civil War by commandeering a Confederate transport ship, CSS Planter, in Charleston harbor, on May 13, 1862, and sailing it from Confederate-controlled waters to the U.S. blockade. His example and persuasion helped convince President Abraham Lincoln to accept African-American soldiers into the Union Army and the Navy.

Smalls was born in Beaufort, South Carolina. After the American Civil War, he returned there and became a politician, winning election as a Republican to the South Carolina State legislature and the United States House of Representatives during the Reconstruction era. Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States. He founded the Republican Party of South Carolina. Smalls was the last Republican to represent South Carolina's 5th congressional district until 2010.
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There are lots of blacks in the history of the US with inspiring stories of great accomplishments that do not fit in the narrative of victimhood or defy the Left's political agenda so they are ignored.

A good example is Ida Wells an activist, journalist and author who at great risk investigated and wrote about lynchings in the late 1800s. But she held heretical views for the Left on the importance of private firearms ownership, every black household should have a Winchester.
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