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    This book is either a biographical history of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters 2 white and 1 black or a commentary on the plight of women in the late 18th century and early 19th Whatever it is it's a disappointment As a history of these three women there is plenty of source material upon which to track the lives of TJ's two surviving whi

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    Catherine Kerrison has a difficult task in this book She wants to tell us about the three daughters that Founding Father Thomas Jefferson raised to adulthood I say raised because as you continue reading you discover just how little direct contact he often had with his daughters particularly Harriet who was born

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    I can not reccommend this book In fact I'm somewhat shocked this was even printed in 2018 The information included is dated inaccurate and slavery apologist in toneThis biography while extremely approachable is he

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    Thomas Jefferson had three daughters two with his wife Martha and one with his slave Sally Hemings Jefferson's Daughters looks at how the daughters were raised their education upbringing expectations and how they fared in adulthood Although I was aware that Jefferson had children with Sally Hemings I did not know that Hemings was actually a h

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    This is a definite must read for those who likes to read history especially American history Ever since I visited Monticello I have been fascinated with Martha Jefferson and Sally Hemmings This book even shared details of Maria Jefferson Thomas Jefferson's younger daughter whom nothing has been written much about I will admit that it wasn't till this past year that I realized that Thomas Jefferson had 2 daughte

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    A well written biography of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters Martha Maria and Harriet the first two born to his wife the third born to his slave Sally Hemings Martha has already been the subject of a full length biography but Maria who died as a young woman and Harriet who disappeared into obscurity after being freed have been g

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    I read this book slowly as I wanted time to research a few items that I'd read OMG The author outdid herself This has to be one of the best researched novels of Jefferson's daughters If you've read First Daughter then this book is a MUST rea

  8. says:

    Great history story regarding Jefferson's daughters and his life Much history on the white daughters speculation on the black daughter but at any rate I enjoyed the story Audio Version

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    Catherine Kerrison tells the stories of Martha Jefferson Randolf Maria Jefferson Eppes and Harriet Hemings Thomas Jefferso

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    Too longIt is rare that I declare a book too long but this book is indeed too long While it started off very well and was completely captivating the last third of the book ended in endless repetition That's got to be some sort of lo

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Jefferson's Daughters Three Sisters White and Black in a Young America

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 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 receiv. This book is either a biographical history of Thomas Jefferson s three daughters 2 white and 1 black or a commentary on the plight of women in the late 18th century and early 19th Whatever it is it s a disappointment As a history of these three women there is plenty of source material upon which to track the lives of TJ s two surviving white daughters Martha and Marie As for the daughter TJ had with Sally Hemings named Harriet there is virtually nothing of evidentiary value from which to trace her life while living at Monticello and nothing at all after she left TJ s mountain As a discourse on the plight of women of this time period these three could hardly be atypical of women this periodThe book begins in the early married life of Thomas Jefferson and details his relationship with his much beloved wife It details the difficulties his wife had with childbearing and her ultimate death from this hazardous chore of early American women TJ had 3 white daughters but the youngest Lucy did not survive beyond early childhood and died while TJ was in France When TJ went to France he brought his oldest daughter Martha and left his younger daughter with relatives as it was thought she was too young to make such a demanding voyage While in France TJ had Martha enrolled in a convent school where she would be joined by her younger sister a few years later At this school these girls received an education far beyond what was usually experienced by girls in America Also receiving the benefit of learning and experience far beyond the usual was Sally Hemings who was tasked with accompanying young Marie on her trip to join her father in France These three girls were living a life of remarkable advantage that even they probably didn t realize and a good deal of it was documented primarily in letters that have survived It was in France that TJ began his relationship with the very young Sally and it was his promise to her that her children would be freed from slavery at age 21 that induced Sally to voluntarily return to the US instead of remaining in France and claiming her freedom thereUpon TJ s return to the US Martha and Marie assumed the expected life of women in that era and Sally returned to slavery at Monticello but in a much privileged station far easier than that of the other Jefferson slaves Sally had several children by TJ but only one daughter Harriet Harriet also enjoyed a privileged childhood for a girl born in slavery but that changed at age 14 when TJ put her to work in his textile factory The lives of the Martha and Marie are easily tracked but there is nearly no substantial record of Harriet s life beyond what might be mentioned in Jefferson s Farm Book which recorded slave information but only as an accounting record This book recorded the allotment of clothing and food and recorded births deaths etc The lives of Martha and Marie are contrasted with that of their slave sister but here is where the history fails As nothing of substance is known about Harriet the author resorts to assumptions and speculation When such assumptions and speculations are based upon reasonable factual information then this can be acceptable but only up to a point In this book the author has abused the reader s tolerance Harriet s entire adult life as reported by this author is a total fantasy based on almost nothing but the statement of her brother decades after Harriet leaves MonticelloAs promised TJ allowed Sally s children to leave Monticello upon reaching age 21 However because of Virginia legislation TJ did not technically free these children as to do so would have reuired him to admit paternity which he wasn t about to do When Harriet left Monticello TJ gave her 50 and a ticket to Philadelphia Once Harriet boarded the Philadelphia stage all record of her existence ended Harriet s brother Beverely was living in Washington at this time and the author assumes Harriet went there instead of Philadelphia This might be a fair assumption but the author then goes further in constructing a life for Harriet in Washington instead of Philadelphia or some other city Many years later Beverely stated that Harriet had successfully passed for white and married a white man and had a family Beverely however would not reveal Harriet s married name or any other information about his sister The reason for this was because none of Sally s children were technically freed by TJ When Harriet and Beverly left Monticello TJ recorded them as runaway slaves even though he assisted them in their departure Had Harriet been discovered as black she would have been returned to slavery and her children would also have been regarded as slaves as the condition of slavery followed the mother s line Because of this issue it would have been necessary for Harriet to sever all ties with her family Jefferson Monticello or Virginia Harriet would have needed to create and entirely new identity in order protect herself and any children she may have had Harriet left Monticello in 1821 and the Civil War was 40 years in the future so her children were definitely at risk That the author was not able to find any documentary evidence of Harriet in Washington was not surprising What is surprising is to think that Harriet stayed in a city so close to Virginia and its risks of being discovered there At this point in the book the author launches in to a lengthy discussion of race relations the issues involved in passing and the difficulties for women in this period being able to support themselves outside of marriage or as widows This book is well written and there is a lot of interesting information but it seems unfocused The amount of speculation almost makes this book a work of fiction as it relates to Harriet Hemings so it is a poor history The information about the lives of women at this time is interesting but Martha and Marie Jefferson are very poor examples of the women of this time Both these ladies received an elite education and enjoyed the distinction and notoriety of being the daughters of Thomas Jefferson Both of these women then embraced typical domesticity and did nothing with their educations or their lives except to be wives and mothers When TJ died and his debts impoverished the surviving Martha it was only at this point that she realized that her education was wasted on her It seems that TJ the man of the people raised daughters that were snobs and too spoiled and privileged to make a living if they had to That seems to be an issue for this author that women were prevented from making a living and I think that is true but there are other examples of women in this same time that did manage to accomplish things I was surprised that neither Martha nor Marie ever started a school in Virginia for girls but apparently the idea never occurred to them or it was deemed an unacceptable endeavor Sad However to base a discussion on the plight of early 19th century women on the lives of Martha and Marie Jefferson seems woefully incomplete and then to use the unknown life of Harriet Hemings as a platform to discuss slavery race and the perils of trying to pass as white does seem to go a bit too far and stretches credibility to an extreme

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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 initiating DNA testing and searched for possible descendants of Harriet HemingsThe eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a uniue 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. Great history story regarding Jefferson s daughters and his life Much history on the white daughters speculation on the black daughter but at any rate I enjoyed the story Audio Version Chocolate Candy Always Melts In The Sun Poems AboutLove betrayal anger struggle and understanding searched for possible descendants of Harriet HemingsThe eventful lives of Thomas Jefferson's daughters provide a uniue vantage point from which to examine the complicated patrimony of the American Revolution itself The richly interwoven Love is Blind story of these three Straight To Sleep Gay Somnophilia strong women and their fight to Sea Witch Rising Sea Witch shape their own destinies Catching Fire story regarding Jefferson The Wiley Handbook of Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, 2 Volume Set (Wiley Clinical Psychology Handbooks) s daughters and his life Much history on the white daughters The Apple Bandit (Nancy Drew: Notebooks, speculation on the black daughter but at any rate I enjoyed the Incubus story Audio Version

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  • Hardcover
  • 425
  • Jefferson's Daughters Three Sisters White and Black in a Young America
  • Catherine Kerrison
  • English
  • 19 July 2019
  • 9781101886243

About the Author: Catherine Kerrison

Catherine Kerrison is an associate professor of history at Villanova University in Villanova Pennsylvania where she teaches courses in colonial and revolutionary America and women's and gender history She holds a PhD in American history from the College of William and Mary Her first book “Claiming the Pen Women and Intellectual Life in the Early American South” Cornell won the Outstandi