In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives

By DAVIS, Kenneth C.

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9781627793117
Publisher
Holt


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School Library Journal

Starred Review on August 1, 2016  |  Middle to High School

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, images, statistics, and personal accounts, this work gives readers a more complete picture of Presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson through profiles of the enslaved people they owned. This volume does not shy away from the h...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on September 1, 2016

Best known for his Don't Know Much About History titles, Davis here presents another view of the American past, bringing to light the stories of five enslaved individuals who were considered the property of four well-known presidents. After a succinct overview of African chattel slavery in the United States, Davis moves into chapters featuring Billy Lee and Ona Judge, enslaved members of George Washington's household. Adroitly weaving what is known of Lee (Washington's lifelong manservant) and Judge (Martha Washington's chambermaid, whose success...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on April 1, 2016

Davis brings to light the stories of five enslaved individuals who were considered the property of four well-known presidents, raising provocative questio...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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