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.
Hardcover, 304 pages, ages 10-14.
About the author:
Kenneth C. Davis is the New York Times bestselling author of Americas Hidden History and Dont Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the Dont Know Much About® series of books for adults and children. A frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed Educator, Davis enjoys Skype visits with middle- and high-school classrooms to discuss history. He lives in New York City and can be found at dontknowmuch.com.