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Title:
Jefferson's sons : a founding father's secret children
ISBN:
9780307942333
Edition:
Library ed.
Publication Information:
New York : Random House/Listening Library, p2011.
Physical Description:
9 sound discs (ca. 70 min. each) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
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Unabridged.

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Summary:
A fictionalized look at the last twenty years of Thomas Jefferson's life at Monticello through the eyes of three of his slaves, two of whom were his sons by his slave, Sally Hemings.
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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. 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.