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Sally Hemings: a novel

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The story, told in alternating time narratives, begins in 1831 when Sally is aproximately sixty years old and is visited by a census taker called Nathan Langdon. With encouragement, Sally recounts her past to him. A past that begins when she passes into the ownership of her half-sister Martha Wyles who marries Thomas Jefferson. After Martha dies, Jefferson goes to Paris where he is joined by his two daughters. Elizabeth Hemings volunteers Sally as their maid, seeing it as Sally's chance for freedom as slavery has been abolished in France. Jefferson and Sally fall in love and she returns to America with him, on the promises that they will go back to France someday and that she will be the only mistress of his estate in Monticello. Both promises are broken when Jefferson accepts political office and allows his daughter to live at Monticello after her marriage breaks down. Sally realises that nothing has or ever will change for her. A fact borne out when Jefferson dies and his will does not free her, only her last two sons, from bondage. She has not only been held in bondage by the fact of slavery, but by love as well. She has been a possession of both and only she can free herself.

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Grouped Work ID 8c5e7ae2-974f-8a1a-a1e8-c5c20703eb00
Grouping Title sally hemings
Grouping Author chase riboud barbara
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display_description Bringing to life one of the greatest and most controversial love stories, this fictional account reveals the beautiful and elusive Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's mistress for 38 years whom he loved and lived with until he died. Adding to the scandal, she was a quadroon slave and Jefferson fathered a slave family whose descendants are alive today. In this novel, Jefferson and his mistress are fully realized, as are many of the other personages of the early Republic Aaron Burr, Dolly and James Madison, John and Abigail Adams, and Sally's mother Elizabeth, who was Jefferson's father-in-laws mistress. This brilliant and highly acclaimed novel is a contemporary masterpiece poignant, tragic, and unforgettable meditation on the history of race and sex in America.
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subject_facet African American women -- Fiction, African American women -- Virginia -- Fiction, Biographical fiction, Electronic books, Hemings, Sally -- Fiction, Jefferson, Thomas, -- 1743-1826 -- Relations with women -- Fiction, Mistresses -- Fiction, Mistresses -- Virginia -- Fiction, Presidents -- United States -- Fiction, Virginia -- Fiction, Women slaves -- Fiction
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title_full Sally Hemings : a novel / Barbara Chase-Riboud, Sally Hemings : a novel [electronic resource] / Barbara Chase-Riboud
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topic_facet African American women, Electronic books, Hemings, Sally, Jefferson, Thomas, Mistresses, Presidents, Relations with women, Women slaves