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Jefferson's Sons

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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.

Synopsis:

 This story of Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, tells a darker piece of America's history from an often unseen perspective-that of three of Jefferson's slaves-including two of his own children. As each child grows up and tells his story, the contradiction between slavery and freedom becomes starker, calliing into question the real meaning of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This poignant story sheds light on what life was like as one of Jefferson's invisible offspring.

About the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley (www.kimberlybrubakerbradley.com) lives in Bristol, Tennessee. Her historical fiction has garnered great acclaim: Ruthie's Gift was a Publishers Weekly Flying Start and For Freedom was an IRA Teachers' Choice and Bank Street College Best Book of the Year.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780803734999
Author:
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Publisher:
Dial Books
Author:
Bradley, Kimberly
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20110931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 3 up to 7
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.12 x 1.18 in 1.06 lb
Age Level:
from 8 up to 12

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 This story of Thomas Jefferson's children by one of his slaves, Sally Hemings, tells a darker piece of America's history from an often unseen perspective-that of three of Jefferson's slaves-including two of his own children. As each child grows up and tells his story, the contradiction between slavery and freedom becomes starker, calliing into question the real meaning of "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness." This poignant story sheds light on what life was like as one of Jefferson's invisible offspring.
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