Jefferson's Daughters by Catherine Kerrison

Jefferson's Daughters

Thomas Jefferson fathered three girls: two white and free, one black and a slave. This book about Martha, Maria, and Harriet tells the fascinating story of their very different lives at Monticello and beyond, as daughters of one of our most brilliant and complicated Founding Fathers.

Details Jefferson's Daughters

TitleJefferson's Daughters
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherBallantine Books
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, Politics, Presidents, Historical, Race

Reviews Jefferson's Daughters

  • TammyJo Eckhart
    Catherine Kerrison has a difficult task in this book. She wants to tell us about the three daughters that Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson "raised" to adulthood. I say "raised" because as you continue reading you discover just how little direct contact he often had with his daughters, particularly Harriet, who was born into slavery via her mother, Sally Hemings. Hemings had been promised freedom for her children when they turned 21 years old but...
  • Biblio Files (takingadayoff)
    Thomas Jefferson had three daughters, two with his wife Martha, and one with his slave, Sally Hemings. Jefferson's Daughters looks at how the daughters were raised, their education, upbringing, expectations, and how they fared in adulthood. Although I was aware that Jefferson had children with Sally Hemings, I did not know that Hemings was actually a half sister of his deceased wife - they had the same father. Sally Hemings' mother also probably ...
  • Rachel
    This is a definite must-read for those who likes to read history, especially American history. Ever since I visited Monticello, I have been fascinated with Martha Jefferson and Sally Hemmings. This book even shared more details of Maria Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson's younger daughter, whom nothing has been written much about. I will admit that it wasn't till this past year that I realized that Thomas Jefferson had 2 daughters, since not much was m...
  • Cherei
    I read this book slowly.. as I wanted time to research a few items that I'd read. OMG! The author outdid herself. This has to be one of the best researched novels of Jefferson's daughters. If you've read, "First Daughter".. then, this book is a MUST read. You will gain insights that you would not have even thought of prior to reading this story. It's a standalone novel.. you do not need to do prior reading.. but, it does help you understand the J...
  • Bridget Vollmer
    I received this book in a GR giveaway in exchange for my review.This I my first book I've read pertaining to Jefferson' daughters.I thought Catherine Kerrison did a wonderful job not only describing the very different lives of the three sisters but also daily life, education, and the social environment of that time period. I also enjoyed how Kerrison broached the topic of slavery, and how it's impact is still seen in modern times.A great non fict...
  • TC
    I am not a historian by either inclination or education. I come from the upper Midwest and was not familiar with either Southern ways nor racial diversity. I chose to read this book because I was interested in the lives of women in the post Revolutionary era. Professor Kerrison examines the live of 3 very different women. Martha and Maria are the daughters of Thomas Jefferson and his wife Martha. Harriet Hemings is Jefferson's daughter by slave S...
  • Brandi D'angelo
    Jefferson's Daughters is chock full of history, not only about Jefferson's daughters, but of the time period, customs, education, social etiquette, work, and more. One of the main themes is that of slavery. Author Catherine Kerrison does a fine job of delving into the hard telling of the history of slavery, how it affected woman in particular, and how its effects are still woven into life as we know it today. The story centers around 3 of Jeffers...
  • Deb
    I received this book courtesy of NetGalley and its publisher, Random House. This book is interesting right from the start. The lives of each of Thomas Jefferson’s three daughters, Martha, Maria, and Harriet, are detailed very thoroughly. It is apparent the author has done a significant amount of research. After finishing the book, I felt I knew each of his daughters and the challenges each encountered. The reader learns not only about Jefferson...
  • Sandra
    It was a crucial time in our nation’s history. Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence, was also raising his daughters alone during this time. His wife, whom he’d dearly loved, had died in childbirth, leaving him to raise their two daughters. The third daughter mentioned in this book, was borne by his slave.This book is about a different time, indeed. It was a time when a wealthy man could write a document about liberty and j...
  • Amanda P
    If you're interested in American history; this is a must read book. Catherine Kerrison really did her research and it shows. It portrays Jefferson as a relatable, flawed human rather than the celebrated founding father that he normally is shown to be.I had no idea he had 3 girls that lived to adulthood; let alone one born into slavery. I honestly thought he just had the one because very little is mentioned about his younger two in history books. ...