The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
  • The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

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by Annette Gordon-Reed
     
 

The Hemingses of Monticello is Annette Gordon-Reed's "riveting history" of the Hemings family, whose story comes to life in this researched and moving work. Gordon-Reed unearths startling new information about the Hemingses, Jefferson, and his white family. Although the book presents a detailed portrait of Sarah Hemings, who bore seven children by Jefferson over

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The Hemingses of Monticello is Annette Gordon-Reed's "riveting history" of the Hemings family, whose story comes to life in this researched and moving work. Gordon-Reed unearths startling new information about the Hemingses, Jefferson, and his white family. Although the book presents a detailed portrait of Sarah Hemings, who bore seven children by Jefferson over the course of their thirty-eight-year liaison, The Hemingses of Monticello tells more than the story of her life with Jefferson and their children. The Hemingses as a whole take their rightful place in the narrative of the family's extraordinary engagement with one of history's most important figures.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393064773
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
09/29/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
442,812
Product dimensions:
9.52(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Chronology of the Hemings Family 11

Preface 15

Introduction 21

Pt. I Origins

1 Young Elizabeth's World 37

2 John Wayles: The Immigrant 57

3 The Children of No One 77

4 Thomas Jefferson 91

5 The First Monticello 111

6 In the Home of a Revolutionary 131

Pt. II The Vaunted Scene of Europe

7 "A Particular Purpose" 153

8 James Hemings: The Provincial Abroad 169

9 "Isabel Or Sally Will Come" 191

10 Dr. Sutton 209

11 The Rhythms of the City 224

12 The Eve of Revolution 249

13 "During That Time" 264

14 Sarah Hemings: The Fatherless Girl in a Patriarchal Society 290

15 The Teenagers and the Woman 308

16 'His Promises, on Which She Implicitly Relied" 326

17 "The Treaty" and "Did They Love Each Other?" 353

18 The Return 376

Pt. III On the Mountain

19 Hello and Goodbye 397

20 Equillibrium 414

21 The Brothers 437

22 Philadelphia 455

23 Exodus 480

24 The Second Monticello 504

25 Into the Future, Echoes from the Past 521

26 The Ocean of Life 540

27 The Public World and the Private Domain 562

28 "Measurably Happy": The Children of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings 586

29 Retirement for One, Not for All 606

30 Endings and Beginnings 629

Epilogue 655

Acknowledgments 663

Notes 669

Selected Bibliography 737

Index 755

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