In the Shadow of Liberty

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

Written By: Kenneth C Davis

Published By: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (September 20, 2016)

YA Nonfiction

Cybils Nominee- Borrowed from the Chicago Library

Well, I’m buying this one too. The narrative to this nonfiction or historical fiction is riveting.

I read another review that said that this should be required reading in American History and I totally agree.

The author tells the life story of five black people that are slaves owned by four Presidents of the United States. Noting truthfully that while these men were ready to fight England so that all men would be equal they didn’t mean black people.

Most of the stories are incomplete as there was insufficient documentation of anyone who wasn’t white in those times. Not even their actual dates or death or burial spots are always known.

This is an excellent introduction to middle school and high school age kids to learn how slavery was commonplace during this time of history.

I also liked that the author acknowledged that any interviews with the slaves themselves have to be taken with a grain of salt because their interviewer was white and that their owner would know what was said.

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