The Women Jefferson Loved

The Women Jefferson Loved

Virginia Scharff

Language: English

Pages: 496

ISBN: 0061227080

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“A focused, fresh spin on Jeffersonian biography.” —Kirkus Reviews

In the tradition of Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello and David McCullough’s John Adams, historian Virginia Scharff offers a compelling, highly readable multi-generational biography revealing how the women Thomas Jefferson loved shaped the third president’s ideas and his vision for the nation. Scharff creates a nuanced portrait of the preeminent founding father, examining Jefferson through the eyes of the women who were closest to him, from his mother to his wife and daughters to Sally Hemings and the slave family he began with her.

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word dower would never have been mentioned by Me, but My dear Jefferson who is the support of his family, had intended bidding for them for me to spare me the sorrow of seeing these my house servants and their children sold out of the family.” Thomas Mann Randolph was furious with his son. He thought Jeff had betrayed him and taken advantage of his impossible situation. He was also enraged at the wife who had stood by him so long, through so much. In the years since she had returned to

communication, Diane Ehrenpreis, curatorial art historian, Monticello, June 5, 2008. Index The pagination of this electronic edition does not match the edition from which it was created. To locate a specific passage, please use the search feature of your e-book reader. Abbaye de Panthémont, see Panthémont convent school Adams, Abigail, xx, 178, 189, 203, 282, 401 Polly Jefferson and, 182–86, 309–10 Adams, John, 165, 182, 199, 273, 274, 280, 281, 282, 296, 373 Adams, Thomas, 82 Addison,

Thomas needed to find some way to pay his third of John Wayles’s debts, and in July 1773 he began to think about which of his newly inherited lands to put up for sale. He planned to keep Poplar Forest, the Wayles plantation in Bedford County that would eventually become his home away from home. But he thought he might sell Martha’s lands at Elk Island. Though Martha had lived at Elk Hill, John Wayles had left the place not to her, but instead to Anne and Henry Skipwith. In the months after

than he ever had before: While one considers them as useful and rational companions24, one cannot forget that they are also objects of our pleasures. Nor can they ever forget it. While employed in dirt and drudgery, some tag of a ribbon, some ring or bit of bracelet, earbob or necklace, or something of that kind will show that the desire of pleasing is never suspended in them. How valuable is that state of society which allots to them internal employments only, and external to men. They are

rebellion spread to as many as five Virginia counties. Four ringleaders were executed, and the rest were severely punished. Governor Gooch called up white militias to patrol two or three nights a week to prevent secret meetings, and even required militiamen to bring their guns to church on Sundays. What did such alarms mean for the Randolphs of Dungeness, the home of so many enslaved Africans and their American-born descendants? Our glimpses of Isham23 Randolph’s draconian judicial record

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