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Fragments of the Ark

Fragments of the Ark follows the exploits of runaway slave Peter Mango, his family, and a band of fellow escaped slaves as they commandeer a Confederate gunboat out of Charleston harbor and deliver it to the Union navy. Mango is made captain of this liberated vessel and commands its crew through the duration of the war. He also travels to Washington to meet President Lincoln, adding his voice to others trying to persuade the president to allow black men to enlist in the armed forces. After the war Mango bought a home from his former master and became a political organizer for voting rights. Eventually he was elected a delegate to South Carolina's state convention to rewrite its constitution.

Based on the inspirational life of Robert Smalls, Fragments of the Ark explores the American Civil War through the eyes of its most deeply wounded souls. Against this chaotic backdrop, the novel sweeps readers into Mango's heroic quest for the most basic of human rights—a safe haven to nurture a family bound by love and not fear, and the freedom to be the master of his own life.


"Here is a gripping, unbearably sad, yet irresistible and enriching work of historical fiction."—Booklist

"First and foremost, Fragments is a powerful testimony to the spirit of a people who would not be denied their freedom."—San Francisco Chronicle

"In telling this true story of African-American heroism, the author paints a detailed portrait of the neo-African Gullah culture of the Carolinas and allows us to see how African-Americans not only endured the horror of slavery but triumphed over it."—Daily News

"Books like this enrich our lives by expanding our pantheon of heroes."—Library Journal

University of South Carolina Press
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