Seven Miles to Freedom

By Rutgers University Project on Economics and Children

This outstanding book pays tribute to a brave man who later served in the South Carolina state legislature and in the U.S. House of Representatives. Just as he fought for the freedom of his family and crew, he spent much of his life advocating for equal rights of African Americans, especially in public schools, the military, and in politics. With the intrigue and nail-biting plot, Seven Miles to Freedom is an exciting book that the reader will find difficult to put down. Mixed into the suspense are some extremely powerful economics lessons about work and the role of slavery in the South. The Robert Smalls story is one worth learning and remembering.