), None of these stories are new, but it helps to be reminded that news organizations (and the people who run them) are capable of errors of judgment, laziness or, as one interview subject puts it, “following the lead of silence.”. 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). This narrative nonfiction text looks at the founding fathers and how enslaved persons played a major role in their presidencies. Although this is a YA history, I enjoyed reading the factual information in it. Shadows of Liberty, reviewed: News organizations make errors? 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. A welcome email is on its way. 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. Although many want to turn a blind eye to history, this book highlights why its so important to acknowledge it. 90 percent of the media in the USA are controlled by five big for profit conglomerates, creating a media monopoly that manipulates our political, economical, and social world. This book definitely designed for younger readers, but it helped me think through and learn more about the legacy of slavery that the founders left behind. YALSA Award Nominee for Excellence in Nonfiction (2017), Books to Throw at Donald Trump's Fat Head, Readers' Most Anticipated Books of November. He gave us a good look at the early presidents and their stories with the enslaved people who worked closest to them. An enslaved female cannot tell her master no when propositioned for sex. Davis makes a point at the beginning of the book of noting that he strove use the word "enslaved" over "slaves" in order to draw attention to the fact that the. tap here to see other videos from our team. That is too easy a pass to hand out. By dated, I don’t just mean that it draws its title from an 18th-century quote by Thomas Paine. Just in time for the beginning of Black History Month to begin tomorrow, I finished this. Anyway, when you grow up literally singing about how how amazing George Washington is, it’s kind of like a punch in the gut when you realize this very good/brave/wise man owned slaves... And not only did he own slaves, but when Pennsylvania passed a law that said any enslaved person would be free after 6 months of living within the state, our venerable Georgey Peorgey decided his slaves really wouldn’t like freedom and he needed to prevent them from being freed. There's no excuse for the actions of these slave owners. This should be required reading about American history and slavery. Write a review. By creating an account, you agree to the Privacy Policy This should be required reading about American history and slavery. We’d love your help. They bought and sold human beings, for profit and punishment. The subject matter of this book is something that should be included in all American history studies... and my hope is that one day it will be. “But wait,” fifth-grade Emily says. I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was written for young adults. One thing about this book that I really enjoyed was the debate of whether or not slaves were people, and the author squashed that debate early on. . I especially enjoyed the chapter on Thomas Jefferson since I have spent ample time in Charlottesville, VA. Definitely a good and important book to read. 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. Copyright © Fandango. —Kirkus Reviews I didn't realize when I bought this book that it was written for young adults. 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. The ending to each story left me with mixed feelings and unsatisfied because there is really not much of a record for these people while their masters were documented in every minute of their life! The author has done extensive research yet keeps the topic at the forefront and explains things plainly. None of the narratives speak ill of their captors. I most definitely did not know that Washington signed the fugitive slave act. 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. There was an error, please provide a valid email address. I really liked the other snippets of history, but over all followed the slaves story. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. and the Terms and Policies, To read is to voyage through time.”... Did you know that many of America’s Founding Fathers—who fought for liberty and justice for all—were slave owners?

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