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The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed

Wednesday, 17 March 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

Non-fiction: Historical. Unabridged audio from Tantor Media. Recorded in 2008. Read by Karen White. 30 hrs and 35 mins. Purchased from Audible.com.

Karen White did a good job with the narration of this very interesting book. While I had heard that Jefferson had a family with a slave, I really did not know anything of the story beyond the fact that the family existed. While listening to this tome (over 30 hours counts as a tome, right?), not only did I learn about the Hemings family, but I also learned quite a bit about slavery and about Thomas Jefferson.

Publisher’s summary:

This epic work tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings’s siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson’s wife, Martha. The Hemingses of Monticello sets the family’s compelling saga against the backdrop of Revolutionary America, Paris on the eve of its own revolution, 1790s Philadelphia, and plantation life at Monticello. Much anticipated, this book promises to be the most important history of an American slave family ever written.

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