Family Programs

Reading into History Family Book Club: In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives by Kenneth C Davis
Kenneth C. Davis
Sunday, December 17th, 2017 | 2:00 pm

Free with Museum Admission
Recommended for ages 9–12 and their adults

Join us to discuss the intertwined lives of four U.S. presidents and five people they enslaved. Author Ken Davis will join us to answer your questions and examine original documents and images in our library related to this true and often ignored aspect of history.

About In the Shadow of Liberty
Many may know that slavery was the economic backbone of the new United States, even as it fought for “freedom” from England. This groundbreaking work of non-fiction for middle readers tells the stories of just some of the U.S.’s slave-owning presidents and, more importantly, the stories of a few of the people they enslaved. Earning multiple awards and starred reviews, you won’t be able to put down this “compulsively readable” (School Library Journal, starred review) book that breaks down the complexities of a democracy built on human bondage.

About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Every month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they share reactions to the book, see cool museum artifacts and documents related to the story, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi, Laurie Halse Anderson, and Jewell Parker Rhodes, plus museum curators, historians, and other experts.

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