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Monticello’s Dark Secret
  • Author : Betty Lynne Hull
  • Publisher : iUniverse
  • Release Date : 2012-07-23
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 164
  • ISBN Code: 9781475936841

Summary: The moment Martha Jefferson discovers that a few drops of Negro blood course through her aristocratic veins, she knows she will do anything to keep this terrible secret from her politically ambitious husband, Thomas. When fire strikes Monticello, the resulting repairs to Thomas Jefferson’s historic home reveal a human skeleton, and the questions begin. . . the “when” is easily discovered, but the “who” and the “why” weave a tantalizing mystery that is Monticello’s dark secret. In this well-researched novel, which successfully melds historical fact with an intriguing ‘what if’, we are led back in time to the gripping tale of two women, Martha Jefferson and Betty Hemings, mother of infamous Sally Hemings, both forgotten threads in the rich tapestry of America’s history. Nothing about them save their names has survived the centuries-- not a likeness nor a personal letter. We know both belonged to the same man, Thomas Jefferson, one through the vows of marriage and the other through the laws of slavery, and that both lived, dreamed and died in Virginia at a time in our new Nation when fact was more exciting than fiction. Now, we can finally know and understand them as they might have been.

Sally of Monticello
  • Author : N. M. Ledgin
  • Publisher : Createspace Independent Pub
  • Release Date : 2012-09-01
  • Category: Fiction
  • Pages : 388
  • ISBN Code: 9781479132416

Summary: Teenaged Sally Hemings, mixed-race slave and sister-in-law to widower Thomas Jefferson, captured his heart while serving his daughters in Paris where he was U.S. Minister. It was there a 38-year relationship began.The historical novel, Sally of Monticello: Founding Mother, by Jefferson lecturer N.M. Ledgin, portrays a bright, assertive woman. She resolved his “inner conflict,” according to historian Winthrop D. Jordan, by ridding him of “high tension concerning women and Negroes.” Ledgin based the novel's timeline on Jefferson's precise recordkeeping and collection of letters.Controversy over the affair and over recent DNA findings continues to fuel books and articles. Sally decided voluntarily to return with Jefferson from slavery-free France to Virginia. They had several children who went free, and they left a mixed-race legacy now woven into the fabric of the nation.This novel is an illuminating take on history. It is filled with emotion and adventure in the voice of a self-educated, sacrificing woman, whose passionate love and devotion helped guide one of our founding fathers.

Within Our Gates
  • Author : America Film Institute Staff,Alan Gevinson,American Film Institute,American Film Afi
  • Publisher : Univ of California Press
  • Release Date : 1997
  • Category: Performing Arts
  • Pages : 1571
  • ISBN Code: 9780520209640

Summary: "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. "[These volumes] are endlessly absorbing as an excursion into cultural history and national memory."--Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

  • Author : Roy E. Yarbrough
  • Publisher : Bluff Univ Communication
  • Release Date : 1998
  • Category: Sports & Recreation
  • Pages : 329
  • ISBN Code: N.A


Tell Me My Name
  • Author : Mary Arkley Carter
  • Publisher : Macmillan Reference USA
  • Release Date : 1976
  • Category: Fiction in English
  • Pages : 442
  • ISBN Code: 9780816163458

Summary: This 18-point large type mystery novel for senior high grade students may be used for supplementary reading. In the story Alexandra arrives without explanation at the home of the McPhails, a university faculty family in Virginia. As Alexandra pursues her search for her identity, she helps her "adopted" family achieve an honest self-awareness. Mrs. McPhail, who is at odds with her roles of wife and mother, must face a secret she has carried throughout her married life. This book is published unabridged and unedited, measures 6" x 9", and weighs approximately the same as the standard print edition. The book is printed on non-glare, high-opacity paper and is hard bound in a casing which is designed to lie flat when opened. GKH/VLL, 3-76.

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
  • Author : Annette Gordon-Reed
  • Publisher : University of Virginia Press
  • Release Date : 1998-03-29
  • Category: History
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN Code: 0813933560

Summary: When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing. Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson's life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence—especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00 Possessing both a layperson's unfettered curiosity and a lawyer's logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships—relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike.