JEFFERSON’S SONS: A
FOUNDING FATHER’S SECRET CHILDREN.
New York: Dial Books
for Young Readers, 2011.
IL 5-8, RL 4.1
Bradley’s historical fiction novel Jefferson’s Son’s
tells the true story of Sally Hemings, Thomas
Jefferson’s slave, and their children, who were also his
slaves. We first learn of the big secret of
Monticello through the world of Beverly, one of Thomas’s
sons. Beverly wants to play the violin like
“papa,” or “Master,” because he is not allowed to call
“Master” “Papa” because that would not be right.
Is it right for the President’s children to be
slaves? Can he not free them? If Beverly and
his family are owned by their father, does that mean
they are just a possession?
Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Fiction.
Hemings, Sally -- Fiction.
Slavery -- Fiction.
African Americans -- Fiction.
Monticello (Va.) -- Fiction.
Virginia -- History 1775-1865 -- Fiction.