America's First Daughter Lib/E (Compact Disc)

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You won't be sorry when you start this great read about Revolutionary America and Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Patsy. Miss Dray takes us right into the 18th century with researched descriptions of Monticello throughout the years and Virginia's favorite son's family life. The novel is long, but flows so smoothly while much history is disclosed. We hear through Patsy's voice how the writer of the Declaration of Independence inspired her and how close her bond was with her father throughout her life. She stood by him during his long career and was the substitute for the first lady during his presidency. Briefly touching on his relationship with the beautiful Sally Hemmings, this also brings out the sticky issue of slavery that has caused so much dissension in American history.

— laurie


In a compelling, richly researched novel that draws from thousands of letters and original sources, bestselling authors Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie tell the fascinating, untold story of Thomas Jefferson's eldest daughter, Martha "Patsy" Jefferson Randolph--a woman who kept the secrets of our most enigmatic founding father and shaped an American legacy.

From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother's death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France.

It is in Paris, at the glittering court and among the first tumultuous days of revolution, that fifteen-year-old Patsy learns about her father's troubling liaison with Sally Hemings, a slave girl her own age. Meanwhile, Patsy has fallen in love--with her father's prot g William Short, a staunch abolitionist and ambitious diplomat. Torn between love, principles, and the bonds of family, Patsy questions whether she can choose a life as William's wife and still be a devoted daughter.

Her choice will follow her in the years to come, to Virginia farmland, Monticello, and even the White House. And as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, Patsy must decide how much she will sacrifice to protect her father's reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781504717038
ISBN-10: 1504717031
Publisher: HarperCollins
Publication Date: March 2016
Language: English