Free with Museum admission
Recommended for ages 9-12 and their adults
Author Kim Brubaker Bradley joins us via Skype to discuss this fascinating book told from the perspectives of the sons of President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, an enslaved African American woman who he owned. After a discussion and Q & A, we’ll see artifacts related to Jefferson and slavery in early America in our Library collections.
About Jefferson’s Sons
Bradley shows us the complicated world of Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello through the eyes of two of his children, Beverly and Maddy, and an enslaved boy on the property, Peter. The harsh reality, however, is that Beverly and Maddy are also enslaved, as they are also the children of Sally Hemings, Jefferson’s late wife’s half-sister. Jefferson’s enslaved sons’ daily lives differ from those of other enslaved people, yet they are all unfree. Brubaker earned high praise from the literary world for accomplishing the tough feat of making one of the cruelest facts of slavery, that slave owners often kept their own children in bondage, comprehensible and emotionally affecting for young readers.
About the Reading into History Family Book Club
Each month families read a historical fiction or nonfiction book together at home, and then attend a Book Wrap event, where they will share reactions to the book, see cool Museum artifacts and documents related to the book, and meet other history detectives and special guests! Past special guests have included authors Walter Dean Myers, Avi and Rita Williams-Garcia, plus Museum curators, historians, and other experts.
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