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Richly interwoven stories of these strong women and their fight to shape their own destinies shed new light on issues of race and gender that are still relevant todayand on the legacy of one of our most controversial Founding FathersPraise for Jeffersons Daughters A fascinating glimpse of where we have been as a nationCatherine Kerrison tells us the stories of three of Thomas Jeffersons children who due to their gender and race lived lives whose most intimate details are lost to time USA TodayA valuable addition to the history of Revolutionary era America The Boston GlobeA thought provoking nonfiction narrative that reads like a novel BookPa There have been several attempts to deal with this presidential family This one is careful and conservative The main interest of many readers will be the parentage of Jefferson’s ‘slave’ sexual partnerTbhe author didn’t attempt to fill in what is not known However I think that could have been done DNA evidence of the Henning girl has become available but is not mentioned in this book It’s about time to stop pulling punches on this delicate matter Also some attention to what we know about Sally Hennings could have been emphasized This has been of interest to Americans for over 200 years Sally was the half sister of Jefferson’s wife This is not ignored by the author but it is not emphasized either Surely he must have been startled by the resemblance wheneve he saw her and it’s not surprising that he was drawn to her Also the families that came out of this union over the period since Jefferson’s death are also known but given nearly no attention Instead perhaps too much attention is given to the adolescent activities and attitudes of the three daughters when they were young; I found that of limited interest and didn’t find them necessarily convincing Nevertheless I am glad I went over this material again with a researcher who worked hard to find what she did discover Recommended for those who know little about this presidents family life

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Jefferson's Daughters Three Sisters White and Black in a Young AmericaThe remarkable untold story of Thomas Jeffersons three daughterstwo white and free one black and enslavedand the divergent paths they forged in a newly independent AmericaFINALIST FOR THE GEORGE WASHINGTON PRIZE Beautifully writtenTo a nuanced study of Jeffersons two white daughters Martha and Maria Kerrison innovatively adds a discussion of his only enslaved daughter Harriet Hemings The New York Times Book ReviewThomas Jefferson had three daughters Martha and Maria by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings Although the three women shared a father the similarities end there Martha and Maria received a fine co I suspect some people may stumble upon this book not getting that it is a scholarly work and not a historical fiction and those people will no doubt be disappointed but if you're in it for what it is you won't be and I wasn'tI don't think I've ever read a work on history where on reading I strongly found myself obviously rooting for the historian to able to find what she seeks in her elusive subjects here in Catherine Kerrison's case most especially the elusive Harriet Hemings about whom so frustratingly little is known And after enjoying reading the fascinating research here still feeling frustrated for Kerrison and for American history that we may never know about herIf you've read many other books on this topic then no maybe you won't feel that there's much new here in the way of information but at this point in time without the appearance of some truly revelatory discovery the likes of which become less and less likely to be found as the years go by it may be necessary to expect that books on this topic don't have to present something new to present something freshly as I think this book doesBesides being already aware of Madison Hemings' oh so tantalizing suggestion in an interview during his lifetime that he felt reasonably certain that no one ever found out that his sister whomever she reinvented herself as later was Harriet Hemings of Monticello I found Ms Kerrison's analysis of who she might have been captivating I did not feel that Ms Kerrison was at all trying to force conjecture upon the reader; I read it as she was merely sharing research findings that clearly represent a life's work for her I was very impressed with the research she went through hundreds of women from census records ferreted out nearly 60 Harriets and then meticulously analyzed the circumstances and life histories of all of them to launch a process of elimination wow I enjoyed this section of the book most of all Then again I never went into this book expecting any new earth shattering truth about Harriet to be revealed much like the fact that you just somehow kinda know that Bigfoot probably won't be found at any conclusion of any episode of Finding Bigfoot Sometimes the search can be just as interesting and gripping as the results or lack ofWhile the evident and obvious separation between these women lies in the fact that one is enslaved and the other two are not Ms Kerrison does an especially insightful job of demonstrating that the mere condition of being female in this era was one of shocking limitations and it makes one suppose that were it not for the connection with Jefferson we'd know nothing about any of them even Martha about whom the most is knownThere is an especially skillfully done passage devoted to Maria Jefferson Eppes' son stumbling upon her defunct harpsichord and disintegrating music books years after her death cast off someplace by his father's second wife It is a symbolic thought of a woman whose identity was literally crumbling away into history even in the era in which she livedIt's a sad truth about all too many women in American history and I appreciated and enjoyed Ms Kerrison's efforts to shine a light on these three

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kindle Ì Jefferson's Daughters Ï Three Sisters Ä join or create book clubs Ä [EPUB] ✰ Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America ✶ Join or create book clubs – The remarkable untold story of Thomas Jeffersons tNvent school education while they lived with their father during his diplomatic posting in Paris 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 slaveryapparently with the assistance of Jefferson himself Leaving Monticello behind she boarded a coach and set off for a decidedly uncertain futureFor this groundbreaking triple biography history scholar Catherine Kerrison has uncovered never before published documents written by the Jefferson sisters as well as letters written by members of the Jefferson and Hemings families The I found this a rather interesting book authored by a skilled professor of colonialrevolutionary and gender history at Villanova There are several uniue features which add to the value of the book The author has included along with Jefferson's two daughters Martha and Maria with his wife Martha a third purported daughter Harriet with his slave the famous Sally Hemings This allows the author to discuss a good deal about slavery at Monticello and TJ's relationship with all four of his children by Sally Hemings So the book nicely complements Annette Gordon Reed's stupendous The Heminges of Monticello An American Family The author has dug out every known fact about Harriet which is a service in itself since little has been written about her Another advantage of the book is that finally someone is focusing on Jefferson's second daughter Maria She has generally been ignored or discounted in light of the overwhelming figure of her sister Martha who was so like Jefferson and rich in attainments But even the material on Martha who has been so well profiled by Cynthia Kierner in her masterly Martha Jefferson Randolph is outstandingly researched and freshI think another of the outstanding features demonstrated in the book is tied to the author's specialization in women's history if I may use that term As a result the author's focus is somewhat broader that that written by a male historian she discusses the education women and girls received in both France and America; the expectations for what role's women would play in the early 19th century; the limitations imposed upon women by Virginia culture; and the dangerous risks of child birth during this period The constraints imposed by Jefferson on his daughters was an aspect with which I was not particularly familiarOne of the most innovative sections of the book pp 286 300 is where the author recounts her incredibly complex search here in Washington to try and ascertain what happened to Harriet when with TJ's cooperation and support she left Virginia for a new life passing as white While in the end she cannot solve this mystery her extraordinary skills and inventiveness as a historian are on displayOf course we learn a good deal about Jefferson himself but really the book belongs to his daughters As can be imagined the author's research is exhaustive and where she relies upon speculation to fill some gaps it is reasonable and informed speculation and did not bother me a bit 50 pages of notes and an 11 page bibliography are included along with a fine index Definitely a solid addition to the extensive literature on Jefferson and his times