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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

 
 
 
 
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
ISBN 13: 9780393337761
ISBN 10: 393337766
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Publication Date: 2009-09-08
Format: Paperback
Pages: 816
List Price: $21.95
 
 

Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize: “[A] commanding and important book.”—Jill Lepore, The New Yorker

The Washington Post - Fergus M. Bordewich

…monumental and original…Liberating the woman known to Jefferson's smirking enemies as "dusky Sally" from the lumber room of scandal and legend, Gordon-Reed leads her into the daylight of a country where slaves and masters met on intimate terms. In so doing, Gordon-Reed also shines an uncompromisingly fresh but not unsympathetic light on the most elusive of the Founding Fathers…In this magisterial book, she has succeeded not only in recovering the lives of an entire enslaved family, but also in showing them as creative agents intelligently maneuvering to achieve maximum advantage for themselves within the orbit of institutionalized slavery.