2017 YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction finalist
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
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by Andrea Davis Pinkney
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"Narrator and author Kenneth Davis brings to life five historical figures who lived in the shadow of America's Founding Fathers due to the color of their skin. With a full cast of talented narrators, listeners hear the deep emotion in individual stories that emphasize the irony of the colonists seeking freedom while keeping others enslaved. Quotes from the Founding Fathers, when expressed against the backdrop of slavery in early America, reveal this same irony, and a timeline of facts shows the deep inequality that existed not only during the founding of the nation but also for decades afterward. Using both primary and secondary sources, Davis creates a narrative that offers personal accounts of the lives often forgotten in conventional history lessons. M.D. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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