The Hemingses of Monticello

The Hemingses of Monticello

An American Family

Downloadable Audiobook - 2008 | Unabridged
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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
Publisher: [United States] : Tantor Audio : Made available through hoopla, 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400129751
Branch Call Number: Audio Download--Adult
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 audio file (31hr., 30 min.)) : digital


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Oct 15, 2014

If you are an American history "junkie" this work is acceptable, but just. The narrative plods along at a snail's pace and is full of historiography references. It won a pulitizer no doubt, because she qualifies every categorical statement and is extremely judicious. Don't buy in if you want a good historical escape story. If you are a professional historian, this work will be fine. I finished it, but it was tough going and I love history.


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