The Women Jefferson Loved by Virginia Scharff

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The Women Jefferson Loved by Virginia Scharff

Post  Bookworm on Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:49 pm

Jefferson did indeed love his wife Martha and his two comely daughters, Patsy and Polly. In return, he demanded their affection and reverence for him. If they did not respond in kind or frequently enough, he admonished them through self-serving letters.
In retribution, his granddaughter Ellen, a precious and precocious 5-year old, wrote him daily during his presidency to express her fond devotion, much to his annoyance.
Author Scharff, at least five times in this well-researched study, cleverly refers to Jefferson's obsession with a wall of separation: alas, his fixation with building a wall of separation between his public and private life.
Oh yes, the lovely slave girl Sally Hemings is featured prominently.

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