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Jefferson's Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
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Jul 14, 2012

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This is a sad story and even more sad is the fact that most of it is true. Most people know that TJ fathered several children with his slave Sally Hemings (who was also his wife's half sister!), but this story looks closely at what it might have felt like to be the black child of the one of the founding fathers. This book makes it seem not so good. Slavery is wrong and TJ's blindness to its horror is the saddest part of this book and our American history. I am intrigued by the stories of each of his children - two who left and passed as white and the other two who remained close to Monticello the rest of their lives. Fascinating and sobering at once.

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