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by Sally Gunning

PBR Review This is an excellent book for anyone who loves a good story about father-daughter relationships. Sally Cabot Gunning gives many heartwarming details about the intense and complex bond between Martha and her father, Thomas Jefferson.

One of the more compelling facets is learning how Martha, a refined, educated women, deals with problematic situations, including her father's relationship with one of the slaves, Sally Hemings. The story also gives the reader a fascinating and detailed look, of the Jefferson family at large, especially Thomas Jefferson, through the eyes Martha. Interestingly enough, although both Martha and her father were against slavery, the difficulties of farming made it necessary to go against their beliefs and use slaves.

This is Martha's story, a realistic look at her life and her views on life, marriage, and slavery. My one caveat, the pace is a bit slow at times. Recommend.Back.
Talking Points: This book takes a look at the challenges of making a living in the South and being female in the late 1770s. The Jefferson family was conflicted on the concept of slavery. They disliked the idea but needed slaves to run their farms, so they tried to compensate by treating their slaves like workers. Martha was a strong, intelligent woman, but was limited by the customs of the time and her difficult marriage.
PBR Reader Comments:
Beautifully written historical fiction that goes into the life of Martha Jefferson Randolph, daughter of Thomas Jefferson and the relationship between them. It covers her life and difficult marriage. It also gives readers a realistic view of southern life in the 1770s and slavery from the landowner's point of view.
by-Linda 2017/10/15, 06:11 PM

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