In the Shadow of Liberty: Author Discussion

September 13th, 2018

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Part of WHS’ Remembered Series in connection with the Remembered exhibition 


Through the powerful stories of five enslaved people who were held in bondage by four of our nation’s presidents and founding fathers, this book helps set the record straight about the role slavery played in the creation and building of America. From Billy Lee, valet to George Washington, and Ona Judge, who escaped from Washington’s home and was hunted for years by the president’s men, to Alfred Jackson, faithful servant of Andrew Jackson, these dramatic narratives explore our country’s great tragedy—that a nation “conceived in liberty” was also born in shackles.


Kenneth C. Davis is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Don’t Know Much About® History and America’s Hidden History, along with many other works of history. His recent book, In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, was an ALA (American Library Association) “Notable Book,” and a Finalist for the Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults award presented by YALSA (Young Adults Service Library Association) and named one of the best Young Adult books of the Year by the Washington Post. His most recent book is More Deadly Than War: The Hidden History of the Spanish Flu and the First World War.


Copies of the book will be available for sale after the discussion.

Online pre-registration $8 for members, $12 for non-members. At the door $10 suggested admission for members, $15 for non-members, $5 student with ID, No charge for children 12 and under. Reservations are recommended, register online here or call (203) 222-1424 x5. Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event you must cancel, we will consider your purchase a donation and will happily issue you a donation receipt.


To learn more about the book and Mr. Davis’s other works visit