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Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children

Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: New York : Puffin Books, 2013.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Sally Hemings; Sally Hemings; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 9780142421840 0142421847
OCLC Number: 798615608
Awards: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young people, 2012.
Description: 360 p. : geneal. table ; 20 cm.
Responsibility: by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley.

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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."

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