Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Bradley

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 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.

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Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is the author of Energy Makes Things Happen and Pop!, an Outstanding Science Trade Book for Children, in the Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science series. She has a degree in chemistry from Smith College and lives with her husband and two children in Bristol, Tennessee.
Published September 15, 2011 by Puffin. 384 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Most people now have a vague idea of this story and the issues it raises about Jefferson, the author of the words that founded a nation: “All men are created equal.” Bradley offers the first fully realized novel for young readers and tells it from the points of view of Beverly, Madison and anothe...

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I can't remember which came first, but at about the same time my parents took me to the film musical 1776, which starred a young Ken Howard as the very romantic Thomas Jefferson, I also read the Childhoods of Famous Americans biography of Jefferson.

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In "Jefferson's Sons" by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley, the children of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings, specifically the two oldest sons and their friend share their view of Thomas Jefferson, slavery, and what "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness" really meant to them.

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Brubaker Bradley brings to life the story of the four children - Beverly, Harriet, Madison and Eston - that researchers have, after much prodding, historical research and DNA analysis, acknowledged Thomas Jefferson had with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings.

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