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 audiobook 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. IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY is read by the Author, with Frankie Faison, Keith David, JD Jackson, Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White, Dion Graham, and Mark Bramhall.
WATCH THE AUDIOBOOK TRAILER to hear the many talented voices who help tell these important stories.
— Kenneth C. Davis (@kennethcdavis) September 20, 2016
Praise for IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY:
“A valuable, broad perspective on slavery, paired with close-up views of individuals who benefited from it and those who endured it.”—Booklist, starred review
“This is a must-have selection for any library collection to present alternative takes on history.”—School Library Journal, starred review
Also available in hardcover from Holt Books for Young Readers.