Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Jefferson’s Sons by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

When I think of Thomas Jefferson, I first think about the fact that he wrote the Declaration of Independence. This book shows that that is not the only thing he did.  Thomas Jefferson did write the Declaration of Independence, but he did other things that where not so great, such as being a slaveholder. It shows not just what it is like to be a slave, but what it is philosophically like to be a slave. The book switches through the perspective of three of the slaves that work at the great house, not out on the fields. Two of them are the children that Thomas Jefferson had with Sally Hemings, a slave. I really enjoyed this book and found the ending to be very sad. This book also does a great job in making it easy to understand the whole concept of being a slave while adding more understanding to Thomas Jefferson. The ending was really great despite it being sad. The afterward brought all the closure that I needed to be satisfied with the ending. I recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Thomas Jefferson or slavery.

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