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

Version: Unabridged
Author: Kenneth C. Davis
Narrator: Various
Genres: North America, American Politics
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
Published In: September 2016
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours, 30 minutes
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Overview

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

Reviews (1)

Written by maurice chuang on December 6th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great history lesson and I could not stop listening.

Author Details

Author Details

Davis, Kenneth C.

Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of "America's Hidden History" and "Don't Know Much About(R) History", which spent thirty-five consecutive weeks on the "New York Times" bestseller list, has sold nearly 1.6 million copies, and gave rise to his phenomenal "Don't Know Much About(R)" series for adults and children. He lives in New York City and Dorset, Vermont.