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Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children

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ISBN13: 9780142421840
ISBN10: 0142421847
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Beverly B, August 11, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Jefferson's Sons was an enthralling and emotional read. An historical accounting of President Jefferson's secret black family told from the point of view of his black children, it is extremely accurate and very thoroughly researched. Much of the story is based on the letters and journals written by Jefferson's plantation overseer and by the second of his three black sons. I appreciated that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley does not romanticize the relationship. The reader experiences the cruelty of Jefferson towards his black children: never acknowledging his black children living on his estate; the emotional pain his black children suffered watching Jefferson's white children and grandchildren growing up with every advantage while his black children worked as servants in his home; the fear they lived with daily of what will become of them when Jefferson dies. The hypocrisy of Jefferson's political views vs. his personal lifestyle is not lost on Jefferson's black family. The children sometimes hate their father, sometimes feel sorry for him, sometimes try to love him from afar, but mostly, are ambivalent. They know he did great things for the country, but they don't understand why he is considered a great man, especially when his black family is the worst kept secret in the country.
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Beverly B, August 11, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
Jefferson's Sons was an enthralling and emotional read. An historical accounting of President Jefferson's secret black family told from the point of view of his black children, it is extremely accurate and very thoroughly researched. Much of the story is based on the letters and journals written by Jefferson's plantation overseer and by the second of his three black sons. I appreciated that Kimberly Brubaker Bradley does not romanticize the relationship. The reader experiences the cruelty of Jefferson towards his black children: never acknowledging his black children living on his estate; the emotional pain his black children suffered watching Jefferson's white children and grandchildren growing up with every advantage while his black children worked as servants in his home; the fear they lived with daily of what will become of them when Jefferson dies. The hypocrisy of Jefferson's political views vs. his personal lifestyle is not lost on Jefferson's black family. The children sometimes hate their father, sometimes feel sorry for him, sometimes try to love him from afar, but mostly, are ambivalent. They know he did great things for the country, but they don't understand why he is considered a great man, especially when his black family is the worst kept secret in the country.
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ISBN:
9780142421840
Author:
Bradley, Kimberly Brubaker
Publisher:
Puffin Books
Author:
Taylor, Mildred D.
Author:
Bradley, Kimberly
Subject:
Religious - Christian
Subject:
Historical - United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Ethnic - African American
Subject:
Children s-Historical Fiction-U.S. 19th Century
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 5
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.5 x 6.12 x 1.18 in 1.05 lb
Age Level:
from 10

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"Synopsis" by ,
 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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Abigail is starting a new middle school, a Catholic school, because she?s been expelled from her old one. She?s sure that this place will be just the same as the last, and no one will listen to her here either. Even her parents don?t seem able to really hear the truth about what happened at the previous school. But now she finds herself in a community of people who do listen, who want to be her friends, and who help her discover a talent for theater that she never knew she had. Converting to Catholicism began merely as a way to annoy her parents, but quickly it becomes more. Could she be developing real faith?

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley masterfully tells the tale of Abigail?s spiritual journey and the faith that comes to those who need it.

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