July 14, 2014

Jefferson's Sons ~ a book by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

This book explores a unique subtopic of slavery.  We discussed what slavery was like meant for women.  In Jefferson's Sons the author discusses slaves owned by the author of the Declaration of Independence.  

It is well known that Thomas Jefferson had a relationship with one of his slaves Sally Hemings ~ they had children!  What does it mean when the author of the US Declaration of Independence is your father and slave owner?  
The descendants of Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson
What would it be like to grow up without being able to tell anyone who your father was and under enslavement?  The book is a piece of historical fiction, it explores the topic of slavery and questions the meaning of "life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

This is a great way to revisit our discussions about the topic; visualizing them and "putting a real face on it" sometimes helps you understand what living in slavery - and attempting to escape might have been like. I hope you decide to read it!

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