First published in 1853 amidst rumors that Thomas Jefferson
fathered children with one of his slaves, Clotel
is a fictional chronicle of one such child. After Jefferson’s death, his
mistress and her two daughters are auctioned. One daughter, Clotel, is
purchased by a white man from Virginia who impregnates her. Despite the promise
of marriage, Clotel is instead sold to another man and separated from her
daughter. After escaping from the slave dealer, Clotel returns to Virginia to
reunite with her daughter—now a slave in her father’s house. Download and start listening now!