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Jefferson's Sons

(2011)
A Founding Father's Secret Children
A novel by

 
 
The untold story of Thomas Jefferson's slave children

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.

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September 2011 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jefferson's Sons
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 0-8037-3499-9 / 978-0-8037-3499-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Dial Books
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January 2013 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 0-14-242184-7 / 978-0-14-242184-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Puffin Books
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September 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jefferson's Sons
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
ISBN: 0-307-94231-7 / 978-0-307-94231-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)
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September 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Jefferson's Sons
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September 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Jefferson's Sons: A Founding Father's Secret Children
Author(s): Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Publisher: Puffin Books
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