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

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 e The remarkable untold story of Thomas Jefferson's three daughters - two white and free, one black and enslaved - an...

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Title:Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
Author:Catherine Kerrison
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:425 pages pages

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

  • Rachel
    Sep 25, 2017
    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 more details of Maria Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's younger daughter, w...
  • Jo Ann
    Feb 21, 2018
    This was a very intriguing read for me, and served to inform me more about the mores, values, educational opportunities (and lack thereof), in both Jefferson's time, and for Jefferson in particular. All 3 daughters, and the man himself, were certainly impacted by societal expectations ...
  • BMR, MSW, LSW
    Feb 21, 2018
    I got an ARC from Netgalley for review. I was expecting a story about Jefferson's 3 daughters in relation to each other. Mostly, it was a story about Jefferson's White daughters, and then about Jefferson's Black daughter. They did not interact with each other. It's really a study...
  • Lois
    Apr 24, 2018
    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 tone. This biography while extremely approachable is heavily and not respectfully edited in respect to chattel slavery....
  • Rhonda
    Mar 24, 2018
    Although i found Professor Annette Gordon-Reed?s books about the family of Sally Hemmings and their relationship to Thomas Jefferson more engaging than this book, I appreciated the perspectives presented about the entitled lives of his daughters Martha and Maria Jefferson and that of...
  • Sharon Lawler
    Dec 14, 2017
    More than a biography of Jefferson's three daughters, Martha and Maria, who were born to his wife, and Harriet Hemings, born to Sally Hemings, the author offers a heavily researched and documented description of the societal and legal constraints on women, especially Southern women, in...
  • Susan
    Mar 27, 2018
    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...
  • Joyce
    Apr 14, 2018
    An interesting look at the lives of 3 women in the early days of the US and the way Thomas Jefferson's beliefs contrasted with his actions concerning women (education and roles) and race. The biographies are revealing and Harriet's (Jefferson' daughter by slave Sally Hemings) life is p...
  • Julie
    Jan 16, 2018
    Received an ARC via NetGalley This book has a good number of paintings and photos of what the author discusses. The author has a lot of bibliographic information and notes at the end of the book if you want to do more reading/research. The completed book is supposed to have a family...
  • Pam Lindholm-levy
    May 04, 2018
    Thomas Jefferson had three daughters who lived to adulthood, two, Martha and Maria with his wife, and one with his slave and concubine (not sure about that word, but mistress implies he was married), Sally Hemings. Martha had an excellent education in Paris, Maria came over later and w...
  • Marti
    Jan 27, 2018
    Jefferson?s Daughters by Catherine Kerrison was a unusual choice for me to read. It was historically researched nonfiction, that relied on the many accounts of the time period to help fill in gaps. Despite my trepidation of the genre, I was fascinated enough to pick up and completely...
  • Tom Rowe
    Feb 09, 2018
    Too long. It 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 logical fallacy.) So here we have the stor...
  • Allison
    Mar 19, 2018
    Took me a while to read this very academic look at Jefferson's family. Totally worth it. Learned a lot! ...
  • Joann
    Apr 22, 2018
    I did learn a lot, since I knew very little about Jefferson or post revolutionary America. I found the descriptions of the women?s lives interesting but I was left wanting a lot more information, especially about the Hemings family. And let me just say that I?m grateful that I di...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Oct 11, 2017
    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 c...
  • Linda
    Jun 06, 2018
    Like many other readers, the daughter I was most interested in was Harriet Hemings, Jefferson?s daughter by his slave, Sally. Unfortunately, there is apparently little, if any, information about Harriet available, so a lot of the book was about daughter Martha; her sister Maria, who ...
  • TammyJo Eckhart
    Nov 02, 2017
    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,...
  • Cherei
    Nov 30, 2017
    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 read. You will gain insights that yo...
  • Tiffany
    Jan 13, 2018
    This is a well researched and well written history about Jefferson's three daughters, two with his wife and one with his wife's half-sister and slave, Sally Hemmings. Kerrison's depth of knowledge is expressed in a manner that draws the reader in and keeps them engaged throughout the e...
  • Dawn Wells
    Apr 01, 2018
    An amazing book written in chronological order and may be a stay on your toes read to keep up. Was very emotional and highly intense at times. The author went deep to help you understand what was really happening at the time. This story of three sisters, white and black and their relat...
  • TC
    Sep 24, 2017
    I am not a historian by either inclination or education. I come from the upper Midwest and was not familiar with either Southern ways nor racial diversity. I chose to read this book because I was interested in the lives of women in the post Revolutionary era. Professor Kerrison examine...
  • Nicole
    Feb 08, 2018
    First of all, I disliked this book because the author uses the phrases they "would have" or she "may have" or he "probably" so many times its infuriating. She's basically saying she has no idea what actually happened, but here's what was happening in society at the same time. It's comp...
  • Cheryl James
    Feb 23, 2018
    Great history story regarding Jefferson's daughters and his life. Much history on the white daughters, more speculation on the black daughter, but at any rate I enjoyed the story. Audio Version ...
  • Brandi D'angelo
    Sep 13, 2017
    Jefferson's Daughters is chock full of history, not only about Jefferson's daughters, but of the time period, customs, education, social etiquette, work, and more. One of the main themes is that of slavery. Author Catherine Kerrison does a fine job of delving into the hard telling of t...
  • John Findlay
    Mar 02, 2018
    While I was aware of the Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings relationship and that he fathered several children by her, this book fills in many details that I did not know. And it also depicts the very privileged lives of his two legitimate daughters, Martha and Maria. But women clearly...
  • Lynne Luker
    Feb 26, 2018
    I struggled reading this book. The author jumped around too much. So much of the history was speculation. Very disappointed. ...
  • Bridget Vollmer
    Oct 10, 2017
    I received this book in a GR giveaway in exchange for my review. This I my first book I've read pertaining to Jefferson' daughters. I thought Catherine Kerrison did a wonderful job not only describing the very different lives of the three sisters but also daily life, education, a...
  • Peggy Zeigler
    Feb 23, 2018
    This was a very interesting read. I found out so many things about Jefferson and his family. I had great discussions with my family about it. Even though there is a great gap in how he treated his white daughters and his black daughters, he also thought more about his nephews and grand...
  • Susan Ford
    Feb 21, 2018
    Really enjoyed this book! ...
  • Joe Keefhaver
    Mar 29, 2018
    I found much of this book tedious, especially the earlier parts describing the high society circles in which his daughter Martha traveled while Thomas Jefferson was stationed in Paris. Maybe it was more of a women's book than I realized when I requested it, but a lot of female reviewer...