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Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times
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on July 31, 2017
Martha Jefferson Randolph's life provides an opportunity to understand the American society of the Jeffersonian and Jacksonian periods. It shows the challenges that women faced in a society where their roles were vital to the success of raising the next generation but where they were almost completely dependent upon the success of the men in their lives. It gives a wonderful view of a woman who faced these challenges with courage and who managed to keep her large family together in the midst of these challenges. And it shows why the role of women in the American society of the early 19th century was a vital one rather than merely a submissive one as is often the way it is viewed today.
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on December 30, 2012
I had long been curious to know more about the life of "Patsy" Jefferson. This biography fulfilled that quest. Ms. Kiernan did a thorough search of available first-hand and secondary sources of information on Martha Jefferson to re-create a well-rounded picture of Thomas Jefferson's daughter in her own right. As one would expect, she was bright, sensitive and thoughtful. She was conventional for her time and place. She was ambivalent about slavery and eventually embraced the belief that it had no place in America society. She endured a difficult marriage, poverty in her later life, and the scattering of her eleven children. I often re-read my favorite biographies and this book will be one of those.
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on March 29, 2013
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Although I am not a professional historian, as a lay person who has long been fascinated by Thomas Jefferson and his life and times, i was extremely pleased to this high level of scholarship devoted to his daughter. Her own story is compelling on many levels, particularly her life as it fits within the broader context of slaveholding women and enslaved people in the Virginia of the early 19th century. I look forward to seeing more from Cynthia Kiemer!
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on October 14, 2016
Our family revisited Monticello during September 2016. The book by Cynthia A. Kierner about Martha Jefferson Washington enhanced our experience. We were aware of many facts about the genius man, T Jefferson, but this book made the era real through the eyes of his daughter Martha Jefferson Randolph. I learned a lot of history & gained a new respect for my freedoms.
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on June 2, 2016
The research was impeccable and I found Martha to be captivating. Don't waste your time reading historical fiction when biographies such as Kierner's are so intriguing. To add richness to the read, check out the virtual tour of Monticello.
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on May 5, 2016
Excellent!! I always thought that she would have led a charming life. This book gives an inside look at a life filled with all the joys, sorrows,
struggles and pressures that she had to endure.
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on November 2, 2016
I love History and enjoyed this book.
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on May 19, 2016
I bought this book for my husband. He is reading it now and enjoying it.
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on September 8, 2015
excellent book and very readable telling the story of remarkable underappreciated woman and her family
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on February 17, 2016
Wife's Xmas present. She loved lt.
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