Monticello, a Family Story

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Algonquin Books, 1987 - Biography & Autobiography - 289 pages
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Thomas Jefferson, the public man, is a familiar and oft-chronicled figure. But the private Thomas Jefferson has been little studied. Now Elizabeth Langhorne, drawing upon public records and hitherto-unpublished documents, has produced an intimate and fascinating account of our third president and numerous members of his family, including some of his slaves, as they lived their private and sometimes tumultuous lives at Jefferson's beloved Monticello. Includes illustrations.

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Langhorne's study turns on Thomas Jefferson's relations with his family, especially with his daughters Maria and Martha, and his son-in-law Thomas Randolph, Martha's husband. In the background and ... Read full review

Contents

1 Monticello Begins
1
2 A Bride Comes to Monticello
7
3 Mrs Jefferson
12
4 Bound for France
24
5 Paris
29
6 Mr Jefferson Tourist
38
7 The Travelers Return
46
8 Edgehill
54
22 A Mountain Landscape
153
23 Monticellos Children
163
24 Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox
168
25 The Colonel Goes to War
176
26 The Bankheads
184
27 The Young Ladies
193
28 Poplar Forest
200
29 1819The Paper Bubble Burst
206

9 Bizarre
62
10 The Plantation
72
11 The Architect
82
12 Reluctant Politician
89
13 The Presidents Daughters
97
14 An Affectionate and Loyal Servant
104
15 A Silly Bird Among the Swans
114
16 Martha and Maria in Washington
121
17 Death of a Daughter
127
18 The Washington Scene
131
19 Randolph Meets Randolph
136
20 Incidents of Stress
142
21 The Chesapeake Affair and Its Consequences
147
30 Governor Randolph
211
31 Ellen
217
32 MissouriA Firebell in the Night
222
33 Pecuniary Disaster
230
34 Mrs Coolidge
235
35 The Battle of Edgehill
243
36 A Glorious Day on Which to Die
247
37 The Black Family Scattered
252
38 The End of the Story
264
Notes
271
Index
287
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About the author (1987)

Elizabeth Langhorne is the author of Nancy Astor and Her Friends and the coauthor of A Virginia Family and Its Plantation Houses and has written historical monographs and number articles for scholarly journals and magazines.

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