Captain Robert Smalls: Figure of American Civil War
The change did not come easily for black citizens around the world. Over the centuries, there have been countless proponents of equality in the United States of America: Long before Frederick Douglass, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr. Barack Obama entered history, a 22-year-old slave named Robert Smalls accomplished an unthinkable act of bravery and audacity.
As the title suggests, this text will explain how Captain Robert Smalls became a figure of the American civil war. In what degree has his participation to the Navy been crucial for the victory of the Union Forces? And why – according to some historians – did the life and audacity of Captain Robert Smalls build the foundation of Afro-American Emancipation? One can notice that he had also an important role in the representation and participation of state politics during the reconstruction of the USA.
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