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.
|Grouped Work ID||9cbebecc-fdf2-2d58-49aa-4d233fedc161|
|Grouping Title||jeffersons sons|
|Grouping Author||kimberly brubaker bradley|
|Grouping Language||English (eng)|
|Last Grouping Update||2021-09-25 04:50:04AM|
|Last Indexed||2021-09-25 05:11:50AM|
|Novelist Primary ISBN||9780803734999|
|author||Kimberly Brubaker Bradley|
|author_display||Kimberly Brubaker Bradley|
|available_at_addison||Online OverDrive Collection|
|detailed_location_addison||Online OverDrive Collection|
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.
|owning_library_addison||Addison Public Library Online|
|owning_location_addison||Online OverDrive Collection|
|publisher||Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group|
Penguin Young Readers Group
Young Adult Fiction