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In the Shadow of Liberty : The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives
by Kenneth C. Davis


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Did you know that many of America s Founding Fathers who fought for liberty and justice for all were slave owners?

Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were owned by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America.  Read more...


 
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Overview

Did you know that many of America s Founding Fathers who fought for liberty and justice for all were slave owners?

Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were owned by four of our greatest presidents, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country s great tragedy that a nation conceived in liberty was also born in shackles.

These stories help us know the real people who were essential to the birth of this nation but traditionally have been left out of the history books. Their stories are true and they should be heard.

This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781627793117
  • ISBN-10: 1627793119
  • Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 304
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14
  • Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > People & Places - United States - African-American
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > History - United States - Colonial & Revolutionary Periods
Books > Juvenile Nonfiction > Biography & Autobiography - General

 
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The tragic tales of the presidents' slaves

How exactly does slavery fit into our nation’s history? Middle and high school students will have a much better understanding after reading In the Shadow of Liberty by Kenneth C. Davis, bestselling author of the Don’t Know Much About series. 

After introductory chapters describe how slavery became part of the country’s economy, Davis provides detailed stories of the slaves of four presidents: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Andrew Jackson. And what fascinating, ultimately tragic tales they are. Billy Lee was the valet who accompanied Washington across the Delaware and at Valley Forge, and he can be seen in the background of several famous paintings. Ona Judge was Martha Washington’s personal servant who ran away to New Hampshire. Isaac Granger was captured by the British as a young boy to become one of “Master Jefferson’s people” and was a witness to Cornwallis’ defeat at Yorktown. Paul Jennings was James Madison’s personal servant and later wrote what is considered to be the first White House memoir. Alfred Jackson, who died a free man, told tales to museum visitors of his life as Andrew Jackson’s slave.

Davis addresses head-on the irony that these presidential defenders of liberty and equality kept slaves. He backs up his discussion with a variety of photos, illustrations and helpful timelines. In the Shadow of Liberty provides an informative read about a subject that’s not always fully addressed in the classroom.

 

This article was originally published in the October 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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