798 pp. "In the mid-1700s the English captain of a trading ship that made runs between England and the Virginia colony fathered a child by an enslaved woman living near Williamsburg. The woman, whose name is unknown and who is believed to have been born in Africa, was owned by the Eppeses, a prominent Virginia family. The captain, whose surname was Hemings, and the woman had a daughter. She was named Elizabeth.... Gordon-Reed unearths startling new information about the Hemingses, Jefferson, and his white family. Although the book presents the most detailed and richly drawn portrait ever written of Sarah Hemings, better known by her nickname Sally, 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.... Not only do we meet Elizabeth Hemings--the family matriarch and mother to twelve children, six by John Wayles, a poor English immigrant who rose to great wealth in the Virginia colony--but we follow the Hemings family as they become the property of Jefferson through his marriage to Martha Wayles. The Hemings-Wayles children, siblings to Martha, played pivotal roles in the life at Jefferson's estate." Hemings family tree on front and rear endpapers. Black and white photographs included. Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.Keywords: MONTICELLO JEFFERSON HEMINGS AMERICAN HISTORY SLAVERY COLONIAL AMERICA
Book club edition. New York / London: W. W. Norton & Company, 2008. Book Club Edition. Near Fine/Very Good. (Inventory #: 2194893)
Literature, American & Military History, General Antiquarian
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