'Jefferson's Daughters,' both white and black, get spotlight in new book
The most poignant literature gives a voice to the voiceless. And in Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America, Catherine Kerrison, (Ballantine, 448 pp., ★★★ out of four) tells us the stories of three of Thomas Jefferson’s children, who, due to their gender or race, lived lives whose most intimate details are lost to time.
More scholarly than lyrical, Jefferson’s Daughters pieces together letters, oral accounts and myriad biographies to craft a meticulously researched portrait of Martha and Maria, Jefferson’s children with his wife, Martha Wayles Jefferson,... read more
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