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    Annette Gordon Reed(pictured below) is the professor who wrote this history book that stems from every imaginable source written on the account of President Jefferson's life-the good, the bad, the not so known and the very well known.

    I must warn you, there are two versions of this book, an 800page one then there is a condensed paperback that's 500pages or more. Which ever one you read be prepared to check your encyclopedia to better understand the current events she mentions and also a dictionary would not hurt either, I learned about 10 new words at the end of reading it.

    The premise of THE HEMINGSES OF MONTICELLO concerns the extramarital affairs in the Jefferson family with African-American women, slave women. The book accounts for the lasser faire nature of such exploits as though it was normal, expected even especially if the slave in question was a woman and was an illegitimate child of a fellow slave holder(but of course not in all cases).


    President Jefferson married into a family that was relatively richer than his and far more prominent. From this family he inherited a wife, property plus slaves that included the illegitimate children of his father in law. I suppose he simply followed the example of his father in law but to have it with two sisters is just gosh, I was just speechless reading this book. I doubted many of its presented facts but the professor provided nearly 30 pages of footnotes in the appendix portion of the book.


    all go to the same place ;all come from dust and to the dust all return. who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?
    ecclesiastes 3:20-21 :-x

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    Wow. very insightful. Thanks Fashionista
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    im glad you like it


    all go to the same place ;all come from dust and to the dust all return. who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?
    ecclesiastes 3:20-21 :-x

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    Sounds like a superb read.
    I am going to give it a go.
    Thanks for sharing Yaa.
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