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In the Shadow of Liberty Audiobook

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

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Publisher's Summary

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.

Read by Ken Davis, with Frankie Faison, Keith David, JD Jackson, Adenrele Ojo, Adam Lazarre-White, Dion Graham, and Mark Bramhall.

©2016 Kenneth C. Davis (P)2016 Listening Library

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    I enjoyed this book and the history that it provides to the white washed history of America. I grew up as a historical scholar I knew American history as well as my other white classmates. During my sophomore year in high school my school district in Georgia started having black history courses. I rushed to sign up to test my knowledge with other classmates. After the first day I found out how ignorant I was about my own history and how it was a major part of American history. From that point I've read and studied about African American history to buli

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    OREANA BLISS 11-26-16
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    "Great history narrated. "

    Made me feel like I was there. Very enlightening. Great history lesson. Learned so much.

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    Missy D 11-17-16
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    Would you listen to In the Shadow of Liberty again? Why?

    THIS IS AN EXCELLENT BOOK THAT TEACHERS SHOULD USE IN A HISTORY CLASS ITS A QUICK LISTEN IT MOVES FAST PACTED WITH INFORMATION BUT JUST AS GOOD FOR YOUR LEISURE LISTENING.


    What does the narrators bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    THE NARRATION WAS SPOT ON I RECOGNIZE SOME OF THE NARRATORS THESE PARTICULAR NARRATORS WERE PERFECT FOR THERE PARTS.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    HOW IT IS PUZZLING THAT WHEN SOME OF THE SLAVES HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO LEAVE THE CONDITION (SLAVERY) THEY CHOSE TO STAY WITH THE PRESIDENT/PLANTER/SLAVE MASTER


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    Eric 09-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A day without learning is a day wasted."

    Awesome!!! Excellent for the classroom. I'm looking forward to sharing it with my family and friends.

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