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Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America, Catherine Kerrison

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Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America
Title
Jefferson's daughters
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three sisters, white and black, in a young America
Statement of responsibility
Catherine Kerrison
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Thomas Jefferson had three daughters: Martha and Maria by his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. In Jefferson's Daughters, Catherine Kerrison, a scholar of early American and women's history, recounts the remarkable journey of these three women--and how their struggle to define themselves reflects both the possibilities and the limitations that resulted from the American Revolution. Although the three women shared a father, the similarities end there. Martha and Maria received a fine convent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris--a hothouse of intellectual ferment whose celebrated salonnières are vividly brought to life in Kerrison's narrative. Once they returned home, however, the sisters found their options limited by the laws and customs of early America. Harriet Hemings followed a different path. She escaped slavery--apparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself. Leaving Monticello behind, she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain future. For this groundbreaking triple biography, Kerrison has uncovered never-before-published documents written by the Jefferson sisters when they were in their teens, as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families. She has interviewed Hemings family descendants (and, with their cooperation, initiated DNA testing) and searched for descendants of Harriet Hemings. The eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a unique vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself. The richly interwoven story of these three strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies sheds new light on the ongoing movement toward human rights in America--and on the personal and political legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers
Biography type
collective biography
Cataloging source
NcU/DLC
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1953-
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Kerrison, Catherine
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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  • Randolph, Martha Jefferson
  • Eppes, Maria
  • Hemings, Harriet
  • Jefferson, Thomas
  • Women
  • Women
  • Presidents
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Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America, Catherine Kerrison
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-402) and index
Contents
  • An enlightened household
  • Departure
  • Passing
  • Legacies
  • First Monticello
  • To Paris
  • School life
  • Families reunited
  • Transitions
  • Becoming American again
  • A Virginia wife
  • Harriet's Monticello
Control code
982564787
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 425 pages
Isbn
9781101886243
Lccn
2017043540
Other physical details
illustrations, map, genealogical table
Label
Jefferson's daughters : three sisters, white and black, in a young America, Catherine Kerrison
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-402) and index
Contents
  • An enlightened household
  • Departure
  • Passing
  • Legacies
  • First Monticello
  • To Paris
  • School life
  • Families reunited
  • Transitions
  • Becoming American again
  • A Virginia wife
  • Harriet's Monticello
Control code
982564787
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
xi, 425 pages
Isbn
9781101886243
Lccn
2017043540
Other physical details
illustrations, map, genealogical table

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