Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were "owned" by four of our greatest presidents, In the Shadow of Liberty discusses the role slavery played in the founding of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washingotn, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narrative 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 who have traditionally been left out of the history books.
Kenneth C. Davis is the bestselling author of America's Hidden History and Don't Know Much About® History, which gave rise to the Don't Know Much About® series of books for adults and children. He is a frequent guest on national television and radio and a Ted-Ed educator.
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Recorded On: Tuesday, December 6, 2016