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

by Kerrison, Catherine, 1953-

Format: Print Book 2018
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Summary
The remarkable untold story of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters--two white and free, one black and enslaved--and the divergent paths they forged in a newly independent America

FINALIST FOR THE GEORGE WASHINGTON PRIZE * "Beautifully written . . . To a nuanced study of Jefferson's two white daughters, Martha and Maria, [Kerrison] innovatively adds a discussion of his only enslaved daughter, Harriet Hemings."-- The New York Times Book Review

Thomas 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 convent 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 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, 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 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 today--and on the legacy of one of our most controversial Founding Fathers.

Praise for Jefferson's Daughters

"A fascinating glimpse of where we have been as a nation . . . Catherine Kerrison tells us the stories of three of Thomas Jefferson's children, who, due to their gender and race, lived lives whose most intimate details are lost to time." --USA Today

"A valuable addition to the history of Revolutionary-era America." --The Boston Globe

"A thought-provoking nonfiction narrative that reads like a novel." -- BookPage
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "When Thomas Jefferson's wife died, he was left to raise daughters. He took Martha with him to Paris, where he served as ambassador during its revolutionary fervor, an experience that provided Martha with an invaluable, cosmopolitan education. Though she married and had children, she devoted her life to her father. Maria, more than 10 years younger, never matched Martha for Jefferson's attention and lived an independent life as wife and mother until her early death. Harriet, Jefferson's daughter with the enslaved Sally Hemings, benefited from the promise her mother secured from Jefferson that their children would be freed. Though she had none of the privileges of her half-sisters, Harriet learned skills that served her well. Drawing on letters and journals, Kerrison presents an intimate portrait of a powerful man and his daughters through their respective paths to womanhood at a time of change and tumult that nonetheless held to racial and sexual restrictions. Though much less is known and written about Harriet, her inclusion offers a deeper perspective on life at Monticello, imbued with its master's ideals and contradictions.--Bush, Vanessa Copyright 2017 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Kerrison (Claiming the Pen), associate professor of history at Villanova University, richly textures this tale of the lives of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters. Two daughters, Martha and Maria, came from Jefferson's marriage to Martha Wayles Skelton. The other, Harriet, was born to the enslaved Sally Hemings. Kerrison demonstrates her deep understanding of post-Revolution America, marshaling an impressive array of sources to illustrate the possibilities for "women, free blacks, and slaves" in the new country. Jefferson's presence looms throughout, but Kerrison foregrounds the daughters' stories, brilliantly recapturing the patterns of Southern women's lives. Martha and Maria lost their mother at an early age and bounced from place to place before settling into homes of their own as married women. Harriet's story is the most captivating and reveals much about the web of family connections woven in bondage. Harriet never knew Maria and Martha ignored Harriet at Monticello. When Harriet turned 14, Jefferson put her to work in Monticello's weavers' cottage. But in 1822, he facilitated Harriet's departure to Washington, after which she passed as a white woman. Incisive and elegant, Kerrison's book is at once a fabulous family story and a stellar work of historical scholarship. Maps & illus. Agent: Howard Morhaim, Howard Morhaim Literary. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
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Additional Information
Subjects Randolph, Martha Jefferson, -- 1772-1836.
Eppes, Maria, -- 1778-1804.
Hemings, Harriet, -- 1801-
Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826 -- Family.
Women -- United States -- History -- 18th century.
Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century.
Presidents -- United States -- Family -- Biography.
Biographies.
Publisher New York :2018
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description xi, 425 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 339-350) and index.
ISBN 9781101886243
1101886242
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