This book is historical fiction, written in the first person, as if Martha”Patsy” Jefferson (Thomas Jefferson’s daughter) were writing it. After the death of Jefferson’s wife, Patsy accompanied her father to Europe where he served as ambassador to France, and she served as hostess in the White House during his presidency. The book describes Jefferson’s relationship with his slaves, and even though he wrote that “all men are created equal”, he was reluctant to abolish slavery, although Patsy was very opposed to it. It is a very revealing book about slavery as a way of life in the American South at that time.
Evaluation: 5 out of 5