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

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What does it mean when the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is your father and also your slave master?
 
Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson?s children, but their mother is a slave, so they must keep their father?s identity secret. They get special treatment?better work, better shoes, even violin lessons?but they are still slaves. Their father has promised to set them all free when each turns twenty-one. ...
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Overview

What does it mean when the man who wrote the Declaration of Independence is your father and also your slave master?
 
Beverly, Harriet, Madison, and Eston are Thomas Jefferson’s children, but their mother is a slave, so they must keep their father’s identity secret. They get special treatment—better work, better shoes, even violin lessons—but they are still slaves. Their father has promised to set them all free when each turns twenty-one. Some of them are light-skinned enough that they will be able to enter white society—and thereby turn their backs on home forever. Others won’t have that option. So just what did their father mean when he wrote all men are created equal?
     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 Thomas Jefferson’s invisible offspring.
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Editorial Reviews

The Horn Book
* “[an] eye-opening and powerful novel.”
Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books
* “Bradley’s sensitive and richly imagined vision pays respect to those who struggled for lives of stability and dignity, even as the whims and fortunes of the Jeffersons shifted beneath them.”
American Library Association
“This well-researched and moving novel provides insight into their lives as it raises important and difficult questions.”
Booklist
“The young innocents’ elemental questions raise fundamental issues for the reader. How could founding father Jefferson sell off Maddy’s best friend? What does it mean, ‘all people are created equal?’”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307942319
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/13/2011
  • Format: CD
  • Pages: 9
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 5.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Kimberly Brubaker Bradley lives on a forty-two-acre farm in Bristol, Tennessee.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Highly recommended

    The book provides a great perspective since the narrating voices belong to Jefferson's sons with Sally Hemings when they were little. It spares the immediate judgmental aspect and provides a fresh look at what life might have been in the Jefferson's household.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Touching

    This book was excellent, I loved how you were able to get a glimpse of the lives of slaves and the complications they deal with despite the luck they have not having to work in the fields. The book was magnificently written and a great read for everyone ages 12 and up.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2013

    Love this book

    I got this book at a book fair. I thought it would just be for kids but i must say young and old as well will like this book. I really enjoyed reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Love this book

    Its very entertaining

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    Awestruck

    I thought okay a history book boring but it was one of the choices this was wverything but boring i dont cry during books or much but i cried at the end if this i was so attached to the characters i felt like i was seeing my own kid grow up. Then ther is master jefferson who i cant decide if i love or hate but o will tell you something i didnt cry when he died but james and all of the famy being seperated i imagined muself then and i was heart broken the atory is fantastic and well wrtten

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    To anyone

    Im wondering hogood is this book because i want to buy this book at the bookfair or buy in on the nook. The bookfair says 6.00 and the nook says eight dollars. Should i choose the bookfair or the nook??? I need a good descripion of the book and your opinion whether or not to buy it here or the bookfair.
    Thank for all who will help me:):):):):)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    Loved it

    I really like this book because I like learning about thomas jefferson. My mother read it last summer and it was really good so I tried it.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2013

    To the author: How can you perpetuate the unfounded lie by creat

    To the author: How can you perpetuate the unfounded lie by creating a "historical novel" and pollute the minds of the young readers??? They are now going to grow up and parrot this groundless myth. Did you not go to the primary sources in your research which included the retraction of the finding of the DNA testing, however discreetly it was released? I suppose that's what the Founding Fathers and Thomas Jefferson fought for, risking their lives & their sacred honor - for YOUR right to say whatever you want to say...

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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