Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

Jefferson's Nephews: A Frontier Tragedy

by Boynton Merrill

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Library Journal
The New York Times compared Merrill's 1976 volume to Truman Capote's In Cold Blood. It recounts in fine detail the December 1811 axe murder of a slave in western Kentucky by Liliburne and Isham Lewis, the sons of Thomas Jefferson's late sister, Lucy. Merrill re-creates the events of the crime and the social atmosphere of the time. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
New York Times Book Review

"Jefferson’s Nephews is superb. Mr. Merrill’s book is horridly fascinating, as absorbing, as gruesome, and as intelligent as Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood."—New York Times Book Review

Times Literary Supplement (London)

"One must be grateful to Boynton Merrill for having rescued this grim footnote to history from oblivion and for having guided us so well through all the twists of a very tangled tale. . . . Cecil B. de Mille! Thou shouldst be living at this hour."—Times Literary Supplement (London)

American Historical Review

"Celebrated in abolitionist literature. . . . This grisly story has finally been researched with sensitivity and in scholarly detail."—American Historical Review

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Boynton Merrill Jr. lives in Henderson, Kentucky. He acquired part of the original Lewis plantation in 1965 and spent more than ten years researching and assembling the pieces of this classic case study.

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