Jefferson’s Sons: A Founding Father’s Secret Children by Kimberly Bradley
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.
This book is another of the 20 on this year’s New Mexico Battle of the Books Middle School list. Copies are currently available in the Young Adult Department.