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

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Incredible history of people enslaved by Founding Fathers.

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age 10+

Based on 1 parent review

age 10+

A great introduction to a challenging topic

I bought this book for my thirteen year old when she asked if the founding fathers were insincere when they wrote all men are created equal. It is appropriate as a clear-eyed introduction for adolescents and an excellent starting point for anyone. It is well-researched, uses multiple primary sources and demonstrates good critical thinking as well.

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Author Davis' writing is succinct but emotive as he breathes life into a bygone era and offers a breathtaking amount of contextual information in the brief biographies he presents. The timelines included throughout the book are rich in detail and cover the major moments in the history of American slavery, making In The Shadow of Liberty an ideal starting point for any middle or high school student interested in learning more about the founding of the United States and role played by people of African descent.

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