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Master of the Mountain

Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Wiencek, Henry (Book - 2012 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
Master of the Mountain


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"Master of the Mountain," Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book--based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers--opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world."--
Authors: Wiencek, Henry
Title: Master of the mountain
Thomas Jefferson and his slaves
Publisher: New York :, Farrar, Straus and Giroux,, 2012
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: 336 p. :,ill., maps, geneal. tables ;,24 cm
Contents: "This steep, savage hill"
"Let there be justice"
Pursued by the black horse
"We lived under a hidden law"
"The hammer or the anvil"
The Bancroft paradox
"To have good and human heart"
What the blacksmith saw
What the colonel saw
A mother's prayers
"I will answer for your safety ... banish all fear"
"To serve you faithful"
The double aspect
America's Cassandra
The man in the iron mask
"I only am escaped alone to tell thee"
"The effect on them was electrical"
"Utopia in full reality"
Jefferson anew
Summary: "Master of the Mountain," Henry Wiencek's eloquent, persuasive book--based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson's papers--opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson's world."--
ISBN: 0374299560
9780374299569
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Report This Feb 09, 2013
  • icelandia rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Made me wonder if Jefferson was a sociopath -- many "great" men and most "successful" business men are. His pocketbook was more important than his ideals. Some errors in the book but minor mistakes. For a history book, pretty damned exciting.

Report This Jan 02, 2013
  • macchire rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read a lot of history, this is the best I have read in a long time. It really portrays the evil of slavery and Thomas Jefferson's increasing dependency on it. Jefferson owned as property men women and children he sold them and refused many of his contemporaries pleas to free them including an offer of paying to do so. Among the people he owned were members of his own family! A must read if you want to know just who our founding fathers really were.

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