. Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2017. She was part of the household of the nation's first president. Images serve to complement the text effectively, and an index will make this text useful for research. Easy to follow and generously researched. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers―who fought for liberty and justice for all―were slave owners? Learn the Facts...it's the only way forward. I hope In the Shadow of Liberty will be widely read. A very well-researched and eye-opening book about five enslaved people - Billy Lee, Ona Judge, Isaac Granger, Paul Jennings and Alfred Jackson, and the men who enslaved them (George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Andrew Jackson). . The broader issue of slavery is also dealt with, and the timelines are helpful. . The documentary takes a journey through the darker corridors of the American media landscape, where global conglomerates exercise extraordinary political, social, and economic power. But millions of others never received that chance. Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2017. Hello Select your address Summer hobby inspiration. The first title in the series, Don't Know Much About® History became a New York Times bestseller in 1991 and remained on the paperback list for 35 consecutive weeks. Instead, Davis encourages middle schoolers and older students to use this work as an additional lens to better comprehend the time period and contribute to an improved understanding of current racial tensions. . George Washington's grandson and Thomas Jefferson fathered children with enslaved women. There's no excuse for the actions of these slave owners. Don't Know Much About® the American Presidents. An important and timely corrective." This summer, as the world was thrown into uncertainty by a pandemic and our... Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners? To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number. I am very interested in the topic, but I did not realize this book was written on about a 6th grade level. —Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History “The young woman was enslaved, but also privileged. Best Sellers Customer Service New Releases Find a Gift Today's Deals Whole Foods Gift Cards Registry Sell AmazonBasics Coupons #FoundItOnAmazon Free Shipping Shopper Toolkit Disability Customer Support . I really appreciated hearing the stories of these individuals who lived so closely with the Founding Fathers and their families. Just not very deep because there weren't a lot of details. One of the oft repeated songs had a chorus that went, “George Washington was a very good/brave/wise man, a very good/brave/wise man indeed!” Only looking back now do I realize how weird this was! This thoroughly-researched and documented book can be worked into multiple aspects of the common core curriculum. There's a problem loading this menu right now. This is a very readable text and would be quite appropriate for students without avoiding adult considerations. Good book that everyone should read. The ending to each story left me with mixed feelings and unsatisfied because there is really not much of a record for these. There's a problem loading this menu right now. Their stories are true—and they should be heard. —Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History “The young woman was enslaved, but also privileged. The Lacys make their home in the Colorado Rockies. Just finished this book this morning. It is a terribly interesting account of Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson, four presidents who were also slaveholders, and one each of their slaves. “Wasn’t he a good/brave/wise man? A time line before each chapter grounds readers in the history without overwhelming them with information. This summer, as the world was thrown into uncertainty by a pandemic and our... A full reprint of the original by Amazon. The story of Ellis Island in the early 30's written by Edward Corsi who had been the Commissioner of … An important and timely corrective." Being able to see what life was like for slaves living under the ownership of our country's first presidents allows for a unique and debatable experience. Standing in a 1796 portrait of the Washington family is a house servant in uniform, a black man in profile, his features... "This well-researched book offers a chronological history of slavery in America and features five enslaved people and the four U.S. presidents who owned them.... A valuable, broad perspective on slavery." A must-have selection." Then, we would remain standing a for a patriotic singalong (participation required.) Having a book like this is so important to show people that there's a dark side of some of the first Presidents. Unable to add item to List. Not bad, not excellent. This book did eat at me from the inside because I want to believe that these men (with the exception of Andrew Jackson) were good because they wanted to get rid of slavery but they also worried about themselves. To see what your friends thought of this book, In the Shadow of Liberty: The Chronicle of Ellis Island. It also deals with an important subject. Welcome back. We’d love your help. As I read this book, I couldn't help but think of all the ways I could use it in middle and high school history courses. Let's add this to the list of "false narratives" I perpetuated as a young teacher, along with Columbus and Thanksgiving. Read 234 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Every morning in fifth grade, my classmates and I would stand to pledge our allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. He and his wife, JoAnna Lacy, are coauthors of the Mail Order Bride, Hannah of Fort Bridger, and Shadow of Liberty series. It also highlights the duplicity of some of the country's most beloved figures. Overall, a great book to really shed light on those who we perceive as perfect, but just hid their flaws. —School Library Journal, starred review"[A] powerful examination of five enslaved individuals and their presidential owners. He gave us that look without totally tearing them down either. . From enslaved to free. Such an amazing book detailing the lives of 5 black lives enslaved by the Founding Fathers. Refresh and try again. That may be a result of the fact that, as a black person and a lifetime avid reader, even "untold" histories of black people are less astonishing (and less likely to have been unencountered) to me than they would to a white reader of any age. All in all, I was left a satisfied reader. —Kirkus Reviews"Davis’s solid research. The book gives a humanity to the enslaved Americans and their many struggles. . . By focusing on the lives of five enslaved people who served five founding fathers, the grand hypocrisy of America is writ large, and the daily abuses of slavery are revealed in a personal way that will absolutely open readers’ eyes to our complicated past and perhaps help them see the countless tragic ways that history lingers in our culture and our psyches. This volume does not shy away from the horrific reality of this portion of U.S. history, nor does it suggest readers should abandon all nostalgic notions of the Founding Fathers. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. . They will give you insights into our American heritage that you may not have considered before. Not because I was so engrossed by the stories, but because it puts names to horrors we know to have existed. We all know from the Rue problem and others that white readers need racialized things yelled at them in print a million times before they actually see them. Without trying to turn our founding fathers into villains, Davis shows the conflict between what these men said, and what they practiced. A well-considered review of the lives of five enslaved persons who were the "property" of famous American founders and leaders, Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Andrew Jackson. . In a thoroughly researched and reasoned account, Davis exposes the intricacies of this impossibly tangled web ("Moral issues aside, the practical problem remained. ―Booklist, starred review"Compulsively readable. Your recently viewed items and featured recommendations, Select the department you want to search in, Undying Love (Shadow of Liberty Series #4). These are deeply disturbing flaws that don't show up on the marble statues that honor these men. The remarkable people whose lives are shared in this book also deserve to be celebrated, and because the book is easy to read, I think a lot of people might be more willing to engage this part of history through this book. . For whatever reason, Black history and the history of slavery in America has always peaked my interest. It’s actually baffling how one could justify only telling that part of history when the enslaved population once took up such a large percentage of our entire population. . 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. This book is marketed young adults (junior high and high school), but it is suitable for adult audiences too. It’s easy to follow as it’s written aimed at the YA audience. Rs Rupees . It is based on the book The Media Monopoly by Ben Bagdikian.The film’s title is borrowed from a Thomas Paine quote: "When men yield up the privilege of … 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. Although Davis (the Don't Know Much About series) discusses familiar figures such as Sally Hemings and Frederick Douglass, his focus on a few little-known figures including Billy Lee, Washington's longtime valet, and Paul Jennings, who served James Madison during the War of 1812 delivers an eye-opening vision of "stubborn facts" in American history that are often "swept under the carpet," as Davis notes in his introduction. Written from the point of view of those people who other so called greats men, thought they "owned". Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners? George Washington's grandson and Thomas Jefferson fathered children with enslaved women. Start by marking “In the Shadow of Liberty: The Chronicle of Ellis Island” as Want to Read: Error rating book. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published That's got to be it. The author has done extensive research yet keeps the topic at the forefront and explains things plainly.