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

Dear Teachers, Librarians, and other Educators,

Starting in September 2019, I will be kicking off a limited round of free virtual classroom visits on the subject of Democracy and Dictatorships.

To be considered for a free virtual visit, please fill out this  Contact Form, specifying school location, grade level, and class size. (Multiple classes are welcomed.) I will continue these visits throughout the school year, subject to my availability.

As we move into the coming Presidential election year, the issue of civic engagement is more important than ever. My hope is to speak with Middle School and High School students and their teachers about what democracy is, what threatens democracy today, and how to protect it.

The virtual visit will draw on material from my forthcoming book— Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy. Scheduled for publication in October 2020, the book will provide accounts of five of the most murderous dictators in modern history and the death of democracy. (They are Mussolini, Hitler, Stalin, Mao Zedong, and Saddam Hussein.)

Let’s lead the way together on this important issue. Let’s start the conversation.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks for what you do.

Kenneth C. Davis

I continue to offer Skype sessions focused on World War I— why it was fought, how it shaped world history, and why it is relevant today. But I will also explore some hidden history from my recent book More Deadly Than War: how the war was intricately intertwined with the Spanish Flu pandemic that killed an estimated 100 million people worldwide in the space of a year and ranks as the deadliest outbreak of disease in modern history.

The Great War began in August 1914 when Germany and its allies began to fight against France, Great Britain, Russia and their allies across the world. During my 45-minute Skype sessions I will discuss:

  • what started the war
  • America’s isolationism
  • when and why the U.S. entered the fight
  • how the war drove the Spanish Flu and how the flu changed both the war and the world

Also, my recent book, In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives is now available in paperback.

In it, I tell the stories of five people who were enslaved by four American presidents — Washington, Jefferson, Madison, and Jackson.

  • BILLY LEE, who became George Washington’s valet and fought in the American Revolution alongside him.
  • ONA JUDGE, who escaped from Washington’s Philadelphia home—only to be tracked down by the president’s men.
  • ISAAC GRANGER, who survived the devastation of Yorktown before returning to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.
  • PAUL JENNINGS, who was present at the burning of James Madison’s White House during the War of 1812.
  • ALFRED JACKSON, who was born into slavery at Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, survived the Civil War, and lived at the plantation into the 20th century.

Since publication in 2016, the book has received a number of awards and honors.

Notable Children’s Books-2017 ALSC/ALA

•A FINALIST for 2017 Award for Excellence in Young Adult Nonfiction by YALSA — the Young Adult Library Services Association of the American Library Association.

•Named as one of the BEST CHILDREN’S AND YOUNG ADULT BOOKS OF 2016 by the Washington Post

More comments and information about this book can be found on this webpage. 

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