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

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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. 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.


About Kenneth C. Davis

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Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of A Nation Rising; America's Hidden History; and Don't Know Much About® History, which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, sold more than 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal Don't Know Much About® series for adults and children. A resident of New York City and Dorset, Vermont, Davis frequently appears on national television and radio and has been a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered. He blogs regularly at
Published September 20, 2016 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 304 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Education & Reference.

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This powerful examination of five enslaved individuals and their presidential owners%E2%80%94Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson%E2%80%94delves into these closely interwoven relationships whil

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Gr 6 Up—Many are familiar with the lives of the Founding Fathers—their legacies are woven into the very fabric of our nation. Yet Davis peels back the layers of early U.S. history to provide readers with an aspect of the American story that is often ignored. Drawing on a wealth of primary sources...

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