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(The Swerve: How the World Became Modern) By Greenblatt, Stephen (Author) Hardcover on (09 , 2011) Gebundene Ausgabe – 26. September 2011

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"The Hemingses of Monticello" is an extensive study of the family that worked Monticello and was intertwined with the white masters and mistresses of the plantation. Beginning with Elizabeth Hemings and focusing particularly on her daughter, Sally, and Sally's children it tells the story of generations of a family and its relations to its surroundings.

This book goes far beyond the Hemings family. It tells us much about Thomas and his white family and their life. I found the section dealing with their sojourn in France to be the most fascinating. The explanations of the interactions between the Adams and Jefferson families give another perspective on one of the most important relationships in American history. The thought that two slaves from Virginia who lived in French society and learned its language and etiquette amazes the reader with what must have been a transforming experience for both of them.

The big issue is the claim that Sally was the mistress of Thomas Jefferson and that he was the father of several of her children and hence, had a enslaved black family parallel to his free white family. The presumption is that Sally was the half sister of Jefferson's wife, Martha. Author Annette Gordon-Reed has done an excellent job of tracing legends, documentary evidence and contemporary reports to piece together the story of what really happened, and a fascinating story it is. Beyond the Jefferson-Hemings relationship, this book sheds light on the relationship between master and slave and the slave system as it existed in Jefferson's time. Although Sally and her brothers, Robert and James, and her children were treated differently than other slaves, their experience gives some insight into the lives of slaves who served as personal servants and skilled artisans.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Like many, I often had to force myself to ... 11. Dezember 2015
Von Erudite - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There is a lot to say about this book as most can discern from the many, varied comments posted before me. It was too long is definitely true. The author, Annette Gordon-Reed certainly did a lot of research and the historical information provided was very interesting, particularly that which most readers, unless they are Jefferson historians themselves, might not have known otherwise. Like many, I often had to force myself to keep reading. When Ms. Gordon-Reed makes a point or provides relevant information, she doesn't seem to be satisfied that her readers might understand it so she repeats the same information over and over and over again. Having said that, if you can filter out the redundancy and push on, the book has an important message, not only about the horrors of slavery but about human nature and what people are able to overcome if given half a chance. This book is about Thomas Jefferson as much as it is about the Hemings. In fact, there is much more to learn about the Hemings descendants that I feel should have been included. I've read numerous biographies about our founding fathers, including Jefferson, and several other books about his relationship with his slaves and Sally Hemings. Although Jefferson was obviously a gifted and intelligent man who played a crucial role in our country, he was perhaps one of the greatest politicians who ever lived. His public persona and ability to cause many to admire him, his good manners, his musical talent, his avoidance of harsh debate and conflict is certainly a part of who this multidimensional man was. When looking beyond these positive aspects of his personality and reputation, you will discover things you can not turn away from once they've been revealed. He enslaved human beings. Living, breathing, people who were mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, sisters, brothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, wives, husbands and children. He was self-serving and financially irresponsible to the point that he left his slaves and his own white daughter and grandchildren completely unprotected after his death. The Hemingses of Monticello will give you much to think about. Their story is powerful and enlightening.
1.0 von 5 Sternen Download as a sample first .... ugh 10. Juli 2017
Von 67241 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Really wish I had downloaded a sample first. The author's writing style is extremely repetitive and angry through every line, every paragraph, every page. It was like being hammered over the head over and over and .... you get it... The subject matter is truly awful, nobody will disagree with that - but the need for the author to use every sentence to make the already obvious more clear just didn't work.
3.0 von 5 Sternen Well told, but arduous 9. Juni 2017
Von K. M. - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is an extremely well written book, but it is not really a pleasurable read as the order and structure make it very challenging. However, the stories are important and well told.
4.0 von 5 Sternen For any history buff this book delivers. It provides ... 29. Oktober 2014
Von Lynn T - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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For any history buff this book delivers. It provides a thorough understanding of slavery in the United States. It puts slavery in context with its importance to the development of the United States and juxtaposes the U.S. adherence to the system and its cultural permeations to how France handled this system -- abolishing it early. It is the definitive answer on everything Hemings ... about as close as we will ever get, and how these slaves differed from most others. What proved most interesting was the human dynamics that were at play between slave holders and slaves. My only criticism is that the author clearly editorializes in places and repeats herself to make a point at times.
4.0 von 5 Sternen The Details of a Complicated Relationship 9. September 2015
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Very interesting look at the status and situation of blacks in Revolutionary America--the convoluted relationships between slave and "master," especially in the plantation south. I did find it tedious in places, but the author certainly filled one in on the entire background of the Jefferson slaves. I've heard it said we "should have expected more from Jefferson," but I think the book makes it clear he was restricted to being a man of his time. He probably did the best he could with the situation he lived in.
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