Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1853 amidst rumors that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves, Clotel is a fictional chronicle of one such child. After Jeffersons death, his mistress and her two daughters are auctioned. One daughter, Clotel, is purchased by a white man from Virginia who impregnates her. Despite the promise of marriage, Clotel is instead sold to another man and separated from her daughter. After escaping from the slave dealer, Clotel returns to Virginia to reunite with her daughter - now a slave in her fathers house.
The harrowing fictional account of slave fathered by President Thomas Jefferson.
About the Author
William Wells Brown (1814 - 1884) was born a slave in Kentucky. In 1834, he escaped to Ohio before moving to New York, and later, Great Britain. His novel, Clotel, is widely recognized as the first to be written by an African-American.JD Jackson is currently an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Southwest College. He has an MFA in Theater from Temple University and several TV and movie credits to his name including roles on House MD, ER, Law and Order, Third Watch, and Lucky Number Slevin.