Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters, White and Black, in a Young America

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In partnership with the English Speaking Union
with author Dr. Catherine Kerrison

Thomas Jefferson is among the most famous of America's Founding Fathers, but it is easy to forget that he was an actual father to three daughters: Martha and Maria, by his wife Martha Wayles Jefferson, and Harriet by his slave Sally Hemings. This talk will explore the different life paths the sisters chose, to see both the possibilities and the limitations for women and people of color as a result of the American Revolution. Their stories help us to understand issues of race and gender in our own day, and to reflect on the personal and political legacy of one of our most fascinating Founders. A book signing and reception will follow Dr. Kerrison's talk