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The America Revisited series of books for middle grade students focuses on topics in American history that have often been overlooked, ignored, or drastically sanitized. The books challenge students to read critically, while analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating the text.


Each book in the series is enhanced by primary source material that enhances and expands the main text of each chapter. All quotations are footnoted for easy reference for further research. In addition, each book includes photos with captions, a bibliography, end notes,  and an index.


The books are designed to present a balanced viewpoint, allowing the reader to come to his or her own conclusions about the topic.

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The Untold Story of Thomas Jefferson and His Enslaved Workers


Throughout his life, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, enslaved more than six hundred men, women, and children. Yet, rarely are their stories ever told.


Slavery at Monticello: The Untold Story of Thomas Jefferson and His Enslaved Workers provides middle grade students with an in-depth look at ten of Jefferson’s slaves, including Elizabeth Hemings, the matriarch of the family that would ultimately see more than eighty descendants enslaved at Monticello; Minerva Granger, a field worker on Jefferson’s plantations her entire life, who, at age fifty-six, was deemed “worth nothing;” and, of course, Sally Hemings, Jefferson’s alleged mistress who, as a teenager,  reportedly “negotiated” her future children’s freedom from her master.


Their stories are told in the context of Jefferson’s own life and his often conflicted and contradictory views about the institution of slavery.

Other Books in the America Revisited Series

Published February 2022



The Forced Removal and Confinement of Japanese Americans During World War II

In the spring of 1942, more than 100,000 Americans of Japanese descent, most of whom were American citizens, were marched at gunpoint into so-called “relocation centers” where they were held against their will until the end of World War II.


With Liberty and Justice for Some tells about this frequently forgotten (or more often ignored) period in American history through the harrowing stories of ten individuals who resided in these concentration  camps and who, despite  rage and despair,  managed to create some semblance of a normal life under abnormal circumstances.

Their stories—sometimes haunting, sometimes heartbreaking, but always  inspirational —reveal how the inmates survived the grave injustice inflicted upon them with resilience,  dignity and an enduring  faith in democracy.

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