Bessie Coleman: Aviation History: Black History Month

Bessie Coleman: Aviation History: Black History Month

For the last week of Black History month 2019 I want to introduce on of my heroes: Bessie Coleman.

Bessie Coleman amazes me by her sheer energy and rufusal to let ANYTHING detour her dreams, even when they do not work out, even when every odd is against her, even when her plane crashes she takes it in stride and creates a new plan. Some of you know that I am disabled. Though flight is not my dream and the racial struggles and barrier Ms. Coleman had to reckon with are not mine I can recognize an uphill battle from my wheelchair when I see it. There is so much hope and inspiration to be taken from Bessie Coleman's story. I hope you find some of her courage, optimism, and bravery for your adventures!


Resources


Biography

National Aviation

PBS

Smithsonian

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Robert Smalls The Slave Who Stole A Confederate Ship and Became a Senator: Black History Month: A For Kids History Podcast

“My race needs no special defense, for the past history of them in this country proves them to be equal of any people anywhere, all they need is an equal chance in the battle of life.”
— Robert Smalls


Robert Smalls was born a slave in South Carolina April 5, 1839 

At 12 years old Robert Smalls’ owners rented him out to work in the town and on the water as a lamplighter, sailmaker, and sailor. This was where he learned the skills he would later use to make his daring escape and when he met his wife Hannah Smalls. At this time Union ships blockaded the South's harbors and Robert Smalls began to plan his and his young family’s escape.

May 13, 1862 Robert Smalls and a group of fellow slaves made their way to the harbor at dawn,  and stole an ammunitions ship that Smalls had been conscripted to work on by the Confederacy called the Planter and picked up their family members at predetermined ports. Smalls took on the role of Captain responding with proper signals at 4 Confederate check points including Fort Sumpter. Once they were in Union waters Smalls hoisted the white flag and surrendered to the Union Fleet. Keep in mind Smalls did this at the middle of the civil war. A slave who stole a ship in heavily armed confederate waters and delivered 9 men , 5 women , and 3 children to freedom.

 

Congress gave Smalls $1,500 and he went on a speaking tour to recount his story and recruit freed blacks to serve in the Union army.

 

For the rest of the war Smalls sailed the Planter which the Union refurbished into troop transport. Smalls sailed for the Union where his knowledge of the South Carolina Seas Islands was invaluable for 17 of his military engagements.

 Robert Smalls was a large factor in encouraging Lincoln to allow free black men to serve in the Union.

 

During the war Smalls turned his attention to politics. In 1864 he joined the free black delegates. In the same year Smalls was thrown off a street car in Philadelphia. Due to his Celebrity Smalls was able to lead a successful boycott of the

Philadelphia public transportation system. thanks to Smalls the city started integration in 1867-

At the end of the war Smalls had become successful as a Brigadier General. Smalls bought his former owner's home in South Carolina giving the impoverished family a generous price for the home. Smalls spent his time after the war improving on his education and opening a store and a school for black children.

Smalls ever started a newspaper called the Beaufort Southern Standard.

In 1868 Smalls ran for and won his term in the house of representatives. From 1870-1874 Robert Smalls served as a US. Senator.

In 1874 Mr. Smalls won a seat in Congress. His political career was not easy. In 1877 he was arrested and charged with taking a bribe. He only spent 3 days in jail but the experience defocused him from his political goals, especially with the political rise of the

red shirts. In 1879 Smalls was officially pardoned by the governor.



Sources: Word of advice: This is to the best of my abilities and has been reviewed for information meaning read first before letting children read links.

     

Which Slave Sailed Himself to Freedom PBS By Henry Louis Gates Jr

https://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-americans-many-rivers-to-cross/history/which-slave-sailed-himself-to-freedom/

https://history.house.gov/People/Detail/21764 https://www.biography.com/people/robert-smalls-9486288

It’s A Dogs Life The Amazing Friendship and Life of Bummer and Lazarus: San Francisco History Podcast for Kids

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This week we are are going back to the 1860’s to learn all about two dogs who ruled the city: Bummer and Lazarus. They were friends with the King of America (Emperor Norton) and with Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain). The city fell head over tails for these pups and they could do no wrong in the populations of San Francisco’s eyes.

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The exciting conclusion to the story of Charles Stratton or as P.T. Barnum named him, Tom Thumb. In This episode you will learn about how he met his wife Lavinia Warren and all about their "Fairy Wedding".

Tune in next week for Lavinia Warren's Story from school teacher to star to entrepreneur.

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I cheated a little bit since Tom Thumb was a member of the tour and P.T. Barnum's American Museum but was not apart of an actual circus. Please forgive I could not resist doing an episode on Charles Stratton (General Tom Thumb). If you happen to have seen The Greatest Showman (As I have a dozen times) you might remember him. While I LOVE the movie the true story of General Tom Thumb is even more fantastical. Please tune in and hear about Tom's audience with the Queen and his play battle with her spaniel.

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You might have heard her name before. I am relatively certain you have but I am guessing that you heard about her in the same way I was taught about Helen Keller, almost as an accessory to her teacher’s story. I am so excited to get to introduce all of you to a woman that until I began researching I only knew as a brave disabled woman who inspired by her willingness to learn. There is so much more!

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Hello everyone and welcome to this week's I Can't Believe That Happened. Last week we wrapped up the history of dogs segment and if you haven't listened please go to Itunes and take a listen especially about the WWI pit bull hero Sgt. Stubby who saved his unit. I am sure I will do another segment on dogs. Please leave comments if you have a topic you would like me to cover. This month I have been really starting to feel like Summer is here and when I think about Summer I think carnivals and circuses. So until I start to get fussy we are going to be learning all about the histories of circuses and carnivals. Make sure you let your more wild friends know that the next episode will be.....lion tamers! 

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Hello everyone and welcome to the I Can't Believe That Happened a short podcast for kids on things that happened in history that your history teacher wouldn't believe. The podcast is going to be following the research I  am doing for my children's book series Penelope & Beatrice so pick up a copy and learn even more about things like the history of magic, or when a polar bear use to swim in the Thames or the time there was A royal wedding for golden retrievers! Want to learn about something I haven't covered yet? Send me an email or join the Facebook Group, Don't forget to tell friends, families and your Facebook groups all about I can't Believe that Happened please share the episode and subscribe to the podcast and YouTube channel. 

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