Astonishing answers to unspoken questions revealed!
Hannah and Charlotte Jackson were mother and daughter. When the author Dorothy Price-Haskins was a very small girl she remembered the things told to her by children of the two Heroines in the story whose pains were now of a personal nature to her.
In 1996, Dorothy traveled to Tennessee where she visited the Hermitage Plantation. As a result she organized and incorporated a descendant's organization. With over 400 names of descendants and shared oral histories lodged in her database she had further insight into their lives ... a greater impetus for fulfilling Charlotte's wish to 'tell all when the time is right.'
This emotional Novel concerns young Charlotte who longs to publicly call 'Papa' the man who is approachable only in private. He dies. She discovers she is a target and dodges imminent harm by running hours before she is seized. Her mother Hannah holds a secret in the palm of her hand and is less vulnerable. Charlotte becomes a rebel, zigzags through Montana and Canadian wildernesses living among the Indians. Her father's rejection causes her emotional pain. She searches for love in all the wrong places; defies odds and lets her guard down only to return to a place still hostile against her. Caught again in a web of deceit and mistrust, luck still rides with her. She barely escapes with only the clothes on her back. Inheriting her father's vengefulness she vows to get even; losing herself in a roller-coaster of hatred. The novel touches on strengths and weaknesses of characters mixed with vulnerabilities and struggles to stay free. Divided in three stages, the novel regurgitates recorded life of the man; unravels Hannah's life from childhood to womanhood and follows Charlotte's life after his death. Though some of the story is fictional, a greater amount is factual. So-called facts already written and published by Historians are embellished here. No reason stands in the way to disbelieve Hannah and Charlotte's reports, written before but never published. Much has already been written about Mr. Jackson. Very little has been written about others who lived in his household. Those who were close as lovers; thick as thieves.
With lives entangled in a web of deceit, secrecy and sadness the reader must decide what truths to take away from this book and what lies to leave. (To be continued.)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Dorothy Price-Haskins has opened the door on an intriguing topic worthy of further exploration. Annette Gordon-Reed, in her remarkable rendering, The Hemings of Monticello, has shown that the eighteenth and nineteenth century climate of America was ripe for such presidential dalliances. Unholiest Patrimony invites the reader to consider the possibility of 'what if''.
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From: Alonzo Hall
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 10:57 AM
UNHOLY PATRIMONY by Author Dorothy Haskins; as a family member with some knowledge of the subject matter i found this book to be interesting and an outstanding compilation of fact and fiction, so well done that it's hard to know one from the other. A recmmended read for anyone interested in tracing their heritage coming out of slavery.
Alonzo D. Hall
The author captured the life and times we seem to forget, that being that slavery was real and for this family's lineage it is being told, in hopes that the next generations to follow will continue to tell there children the story. These are our fore fathers & Mothers. A to date there are still some very strong and determined people whom are part of this lineage.