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Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello (Monticello Monograph Series)

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Although Thomas Jefferson, author of the words "All men are created equal," was a lifelong enemy of the institution of slavery, he considered over six hundred human beings his legal possessions over the course of his long life. Building on Stanton's highly acclaimed Slavery at Monticello, this fascinating work highlights the stories of six enslaved families who lived and worked at Monticello and provides general information on events and issues that affected the entire African-American community.

Informed by the extensive records and accounts of Thomas Jefferson, the book also draws from oral histories of the descendants of former slaves as well as the reminiscences and letters left by men and women who lived in slavery at Monticello. Stanton unveils the lives of the African Americans who experienced bondage on Jefferson's plantations and examines the wide variety of ways in which individuals responded to their situation, whether as "trusty servants," resourceful leaders, or outright rebels. The book also chronicles the many accomplishments of Monticello slaves and their descendants, either during their enslavement, as the creators of hand-crafted furniture in Monticello's joinery and European-inspired cuisine served in the Monticello dining room; or after gaining freedom, as the founders of churches and schools and businesses. The skills practiced at Monticello were carried to all parts of the country, and the fight for education, freedom, and family integrity continued long after they left the mountaintop.

Synopsis:

Although Thomas Jefferson, author of the words "All men are created equal," was a lifelong enemy of the institution of slavery, he considered over six hundred human beings his legal possessions over the course of his long life. Building on Stanton's highly acclaimed Slavery at Monticello, this fascinating work highlights the stories of six enslaved families who lived and worked at Monticello and provides general information on events and issues that affected the entire African-American community.

About the Author

Lucia Stanton is Shannon Senior Research Historian at Monticello and author or co-editor of four titles on Jefferson, including Slavery at Monticello and Jefferson's Memorandum Books.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781882886142
Subtitle:
The African-American Families of Monticello
Author:
Stanton, Lucia C.
Preface by:
Davis, David Brion
Preface:
Davis, David Brion
Author:
Stanton, Lucia
Author:
Davis, David Brion
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Charlottesville, Va.
Subject:
General
Subject:
People of Color
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - U.S.
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Slaves
Subject:
Albemarle County
Subject:
African American families
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - African American Studies - General
Subject:
cultural heritage
Subject:
African American Studies
Subject:
Monticello (Va.) - History
Subject:
Jefferson, Thomas - Relations with slaves
Subject:
Biography - General
Copyright:
Series:
Monticello Monograph Series, Distributed by UNC Press for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Series Volume:
MC-34
Publication Date:
February 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
, 55 illus., 7 genealogical charts
Pages:
204
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » African American Studies » Slavery and Reconstruction
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
Reference » Genealogy » Heraldry

Free Some Day: The African-American Families of Monticello (Monticello Monograph Series)
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"Synopsis" by , Although Thomas Jefferson, author of the words "All men are created equal," was a lifelong enemy of the institution of slavery, he considered over six hundred human beings his legal possessions over the course of his long life. Building on Stanton's highly acclaimed Slavery at Monticello, this fascinating work highlights the stories of six enslaved families who lived and worked at Monticello and provides general information on events and issues that affected the entire African-American community.
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