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America's First Daughter: A Novel - Stephanie Dray, Laura Croghan Kamoie
America's First Daughter: A Novel
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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... show more
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 protégé 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780062347268 (0062347268)
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Pages no: 592
Edition language: English
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5.0 America's First Daughter
This book was unexpectedly yet absolutely amazing. I loved reading it! It took a little bit to get in to, but once I did, I was I hooked. It was informative and the narrative kept me turning the pages. I'm going to miss reading it. I was surprised to find the parts of the story that I found most i...
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4.0 America's First Daughter
As Thomas Jefferson's oldest daughter, Patsy Jefferson grows up in awe of her father and his political strides. Patsy follows him to Paris where Thomas Jefferson becomes the American Minister to France. In Paris, Patsy not only goes to Court and receives a worldly education, but gets to see the ef...
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