Sally Hemings by Barbara Chase-Riboud
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Sally Hemings
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Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings by Barbara Chase-Riboud

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The story, told in alternating time narratives, begins in 1831 when Sally is aproximately sixty years old and is visited by a census taker called Nathan Langdon. With encouragement, Sally recounts her past to him. A past that begins when she passes into the ownership of her half-sister Martha Wyles who marries Thomas Jefferson. After Martha dies, Jefferson goes to Paris where he is joined by his two daughters. Elizabeth Hemings volunteers Sally as their maid, seeing it as Sally's chance for freedom as slavery has been abolished in France. Jefferson and Sally fall in love and she returns to America with him, on the promises that they will go back to France someday and that she will be the only mistress of his estate in Monticello. Both promises are broken when Jefferson accepts political office and allows his daughter to live at Monticello after her marriage breaks down. Sally realises that nothing has or ever will change for her. A fact borne out when Jefferson dies and his will does not free her, only her last two sons, from bondage. She has not only been held in bondage by the fact of slavery, but by love as well. She has been a possession of both and only she can free herself.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781860499524
ISBN-10: 186049952X
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 126mm x 30mm)
Pages: 464
Imprint: Virago Press Ltd
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2002
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Books By Author Barbara Chase-Riboud

Everytime a Knot is Undone, a God is Released by Barbara Chase-Riboud Everytime a Knot is Undone, a God is Released, Hardback (November 2014)

This collection consists of 160 poems - of which 57 have not been previously published. Rich with literary allusions traversing cultures and epochs, Barbara Chase-Riboud's words sculpt audacious imagery out of the physical world such as the human body, diverse natural and urban landscapes, the beauty of decay and much more.

Barbara Chase-Riboud by Barbara Chase-Riboud Barbara Chase-Riboud, Hardback (November 2013)

Born in Philadelphia and living and working between Paris and Rome, Barbara Chase-Riboud is an internationally celebrated visual artist, novelist and poet. This publication focuses on her monumental series of sculptures dedicated to the assassinated civil rights leader Malcolm X. It also presents a chronology of Chase-Riboud's life and career.

Sally Hemings by Barbara Chase-Riboud Sally Hemings, Paperback (April 2009)

Presenting one of the greatest and most controversial love stories, this title reveals the beautiful and elusive Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson's mistress for 38 years whom he loved and lived with until he died.

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Author Biography - Barbara Chase-Riboud

Barbara Chase-Riboud is an internationally acclaimed sculptor, an author and a poet. Her editors include Toni Morrison and the late Jacqueline Kennedy, who edited the US edition of Sally Hemings. In 1996 she was knighted by the French Government in the Order of Arts and Letters.

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