Book cover of The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family  by Bettye Kearseby Bettye Kearse

“A Roots for a new generation, rich in storytelling and steeped in history.”
Kirkus Reviews, starred review

“A compelling saga that gives a voice to those that history tried to erase . . . Poignant and eye-opening, this is a must-read.”

In The Other Madisons, Bettye Kearse—a descendant of an enslaved cook and, according to oral tradition, President James Madison—shares her family story and explores the issues of legacy, race, and the powerful consequences of telling the whole truth. 

Interview with the Author

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Bettye Kearse, “The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President’s Black Family”
3/12/21          58 min

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