|Plot Summary of Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History|
|" Thomas Jefferson hid his private life from the public. The American people knew him as a statesman and leader, but to his family, he was a warm and loving man. Jefferson had sophisticated tastes in wine, he enjoyed playing the violin, he was an architect, and he was devoted to his family.
Jefferson also had another side that people were not allowed to see. After his wife's death, he promised her that he would never marry again, and he kept his promise, but that did not mean that he would go without the pleasures of female companionship. Jefferson engaged in a long affair with his slave, Sally Hemings, even fathering children with her, according to the author. The author claims Sally Hemings was the biological half-sister of Jefferson's wife, she was the product of a liason between Jefferson's father-in-law, and a slave. This would have made Sally Hemings a sister-in-law to Thomas Jefferson, but as a slave, she was given no legal recognition."
Nathaniel Ford, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History|
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Political/social rights fight
Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
- politician/elected ruler
Biography of famous person?
- American (!)
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Genius (really!)
- average physique
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 7 ()
- Fancy Mansion
- 19th century
- rotating 1st
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Book makes you feel?
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
How much dialogue in bio?
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 51%-75% of book
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