True History The Founders Unmasked

True History  The Founders Unmasked
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February 15, 2022
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"[Jennifer Sabin] does a concise, coherent job of breaking down complicated material … an important title for students and an immensely useful resource for educators." —School Library Connection

"With material presented chronologically and in straightforward language (with text-embedded glossaries), brief profiles of key players, numerous quotes and sidebars, and fresh details that help readers grasp nuances and understand consequences...the conversation tone is inviting and...encourages thoughtful reflection." —Booklist

Introducing a new nonfiction series for the next generation of activists, uncovering the hidden history of The United States through an anti-racist lens.

 The true story of the men—and women—surrounding the founding of America.

    In the summer of 1776, when Thomas Jefferson arrived in Philadelphia to sign the Declaration of Independence, declaring that “all men are created equal,” he wasn’t alone. With him was Robert Hemings, just one of the many Black people Jefferson enslaved.
    But who was Robert Hemings?
    Discover his story and the true history of those who really helped build America. Featuring riveting interviews with historians, including Margaret Kimberley, author of Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents, The Founders Unmasked is a quest for the whole truth: the good and the bad.

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My love of history made me eager to see True History The Founders Unmasked's new take on history. Despite not containing much new information, this book challenged us to see the Founders in a different light. There is no doubt that many of them contributed to the history of America, but they also had their own flaws, such as actively participating in slavery, which should not be forgotten.

The book is well researched with much of the information supported by historical evidence. Furthermore, it provides readers with a better understanding of the period. There are questions at the end of each chapter that the reader can reflect on. This book would be a great addition to classrooms as it can facilitate thought-provoking discussions.

This book is intended for children ages 10-13 which seems appropriate. In one section, the topic of consent and the life of a concubine was discussed, which may be disturbing for someone not yet mature enough to understand. Overall, the material in the book is easy to understand and presented in an engaging way.
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