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Jefferson's Sons

A Founding Father's Secret Children

By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

The untold story of Thomas Jefferson's slave children

Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, and while they do get special treatment - better work, better shoes, even violin lessons - they are still slaves, and are never to mention who their father is. The lighter-skinned children have been promised a chance to escape into white society, but what does this mean for the children who look more like their mother? As each child grows up, their questions about slavery and freedom become tougher, calling into question the real meaning of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."

Told in three parts from the points of view of three of Jefferson's slaves - Beverly, Madison, and a third boy close to the Hemings family - these engaging and poignant voices shed light on what life was like as one of Jefferson's invisible offspring.

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Format: Book
Author: Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Summary: A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.
Title: Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Publisher Date: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Subject: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Juvenile fiction. Hemings, Sally -- Juvenile fiction. Slavery -- Juvenile fiction African Americans -- Juvenile fiction Monticello (Va.) -- Juvenile fiction. Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Juvenile fiction.
Isbn: 9780803734999 (hardcover)
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Bib Id: 367507

Format: Book
Author: Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Summary: A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.
Title: Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children / Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.
Publisher, Date: New York : Dial Books for Young Readers, c2011.
Description: 360, [4] p. : ill ; 22 cm.
Subjects: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Hemings, Sally -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Slavery -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: African Americans -- Juvenile fiction
Subjects: Monticello (Va.) -- Juvenile fiction.
Subjects: Virginia -- History -- 1775-1865 -- Juvenile fiction.
Notes: Includes bibliographical references (p. [364]).
LCCN: 2010049650
ISBN: 9780803734999 (hardcover)
Requests: 0
Available Copies: 6
Total Copies: 6
Call Number: C Bradley