In the Shadow of Liberty

In the Shadow of Liberty

The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives

Book - 2016
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"An examination of American slavery through the true stories of five enslaved people who were considered the property of some of our best-known presidents"-- Provided by publisher.
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.
Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781627793117
Branch Call Number: J 306.362 Dav
Characteristics: xvii, 286 pages : black and white illustrations ; 24 cm


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LiztheLibrarian Feb 14, 2018

An amazing book about the lives of slaves who were owned by and interacted with some of the most powerful and well known men in American history.

ArapahoeStaff1 Nov 21, 2016

Forget everything you thought you knew about slavery and our U.S. presidents. Kenneth Davis re-introduces us to some of our most beloved presidents, and uncovers the sad truth about their decision to own slaves, even when they were fighting against slavery in politics. While some of those presidents were kind to some of their slaves, this story unravels our history to show the real truth about slavery.


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