With Good Reason

Master of the Mountain
November 10th, 2012

The new book Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and his Slaves is based on new information from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson’s papers. Henry Wiencek (Virginia Foundation for the Humanities Fellow) creates a portrait of the founding father that challenges the long-held perception of Thomas Jefferson as a benevolent slaveholder. Also featured: In her biography of Thomas Jefferson’s daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello: Her Life and Times, Cynthia Kierner (George Mason University) says the nation’s first daughter of its third president lived a full life that reveals the privileges and limits of celebrity. The biography offers a unique look at American history from the perspective of this intelligent, tactfully assertive woman.

Want to dig deeper? Explore Encyclopedia Virginia:

Letter from Thomas Jefferson to Nicholas Lewis (April 12, 1792)

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