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For Teachers- Inquire About a “Virtual Visit” to Your Classroom


I have some exciting news to share. In connection with the release of my new book, IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY on September 20, 2016 (Holt Books for Young Readers), I will be offering a LIMITED NUMBER of FREE classroom Skypes to discuss the history of slavery, its role in the founding of our nation, and the American presidents who kept enslaved people as their legal property.

YALSA medal_2I hope to engage you and your students in a conversation about this important subject, allowing ample time for student comments and questions.
If you would like to be considered for a FREE  Skype session, subject to my availability at a time when your students are gathered,  please email —
[email protected]
Or use the Contact button on this site.
Joann Davis can also help if you would like to discuss the possibility of an in-person visit.
IN THE SHADOW OF LIBERTY: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, a work of narrative nonfiction aimed at Middle Grade and High School readers, has received a starred review in Booklist and endorsement comments from the acclaimed authors Marcus Rediker and Joy Hakim.
Marcus Rediker, author of The Slave Ship: A Human History, has written,
“By exploring the humanity of people held in bondage by early American presidents, Kenneth C. Davis once again turns American mythology into history. Read the book and be grateful.”
Joy Hakim, author of A History of US, has written, 
“This powerful book . . . will give you insights into our American heritage that you may not have considered before. I hope In the Shadow of Liberty will be widely read. It is important and timely.” 
The Booklist starred review says, 
“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.” 

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