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Catherine Kerrison

The Daughter Who Slipped Away: Thomas Jefferson, Race, Class and the Search for a President’s Lost Family

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After 40 years of research by historians that was supported with extensive DNA study, the stories that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with an enslaved woman, Sally Hemings, are now accepted as fact. Now to the family archives comes a new book, Jefferson’s Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America by Catherine Kerrison, a professor of American history at Villanova University. “Their lives provide a unique vantage point by which to study the complicated American Revolution itself,” said Kerrison at the U.S. National Archives in Washington, D.C., where she recently spoke about her book for Black History Month. Thomas Jefferson—Founding Father, author of the Declaration of Independence, and third president of the United States­­­­—had six children with his wife,…

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Rose McGowan, Jackie Kennedy, Jojo Moyes and More: 31 New Books By or About Women

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Since day one, women have been leading the way in 2018. Calling for more women to be considered for Grammys this past Sunday, to the second Women’s March a week ago and representing the #MeToo movement at the Golden Globes, women have made it clear that this is the year of the woman, that we will be heard and we are not backing down. In preparing the list of new books out this week, we found that an abundance of books we are looking forward to reading are penned by women or are about women (as is the case with J. Randy Taraboreilli’s book on Jacqueline Kennedy, the only book on our list written by a man). Here are this…

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