Jefferson's Daughters

Jefferson's Daughters

Three Sisters, White and Black, in A Young America

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A portrait of the divergent lives of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters reveals how his white daughters struggled with the realities of lives they were ill-prepared to manage, while the daughter he fathered with a slave did not achieve freedom until adulthood.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9781101886243
Characteristics: xi, 425 pages : illustrations, map, genealogical table ; 25 cm


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Oct 04, 2018

Non-fiction, biography - while well written it reads like a history book - not what I was looking for or in the mood to read.

Jun 12, 2018

An interesting detailed look at both Jefferson’s white daughters and black daughters. Now only was the contrast in their relationships with Jefferson but how he viewed women and their place in society. What really impressed me was how much work it was for the author to find information especially about Harriet.

Jun 04, 2018

Kerrison has carefully researched the lives of the three Jefferson daughters who grew to adulthood-- Martha (aka Patsy), Mary (aka Polly or Maria), and Harriet Hemings. While Martha and Maria received convent educations in Paris, Harriet's education was a by-product of her life at Monticello. Using primary sources and interviews with both Jefferson and Hemings descendants, Kerrison produces an interesting story about the very circumscribed lives of women, both white and black, in colonial America. Jefferson was a man of his times -- his only interest was in expanding the rights of man from white men who owned property to all white men. Women and slaves were still considered property by their husbands and masters. An extensive bibliography and many pages of notes document how far we have come and how far we have to go.


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Jun 04, 2018

" But, as it turned out, not even the daughter and granddaughter of the author of the Declaration of Independence would be permitted that freedom [to command fortune and direct the events of my life]; in spite of their scholarly attainments, they remained, after all, women.


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