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Jefferson's Sons

Narrated by:
Adenrele Ojo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
September 2011
10 hours 24 minutes
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.
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I found this a completely and totally moving story. I live within 15 miles of Monticello and have visited there MANY MANY times, but this is the first time it hit me like a brick of what slavery was like even for favored and well treated. I cried several times in the telling. This should be sold at the Monticello Gift Shop on CD so visitors could hear the slave's side of the story, spoken with believable accents. It is an extremely well written book that keeps your attention. The reader was wonderful.

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