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Harriet Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and the Pursuit of Happiness

, New York City | Arts & Culture , History

Leading Jefferson scholar, Catherine Kerrison, presents her groundbreaking research on one of the most contested chapters in the history of any American Founding Father. Professor Kerrison’s lecture unravels a mystery and offers critical new insights by unpacking the story of Harriet Hemings, Sally Hemings’ only surviving daughter. At 21, Harriet left Jefferson’s Monticello, boarded a stagecoach bound for Philadelphia, and disappeared from the historical record. But in spite of her efforts to erase her documentary tracks, a dramatic story unfolds of en enslaved girl who grew up to claim the right to shape her own life; who refused to be limited by the options her father’s world presented to her; who weighed carefully the gains and chose to suffer the losses of passing; and whose secret seems to have died with her. Kerrison is a Professor of History at Villanova University. She is the author of “Claiming the Pen,” an intellectual history of women in the Colonial and Revolutionary South. She is currently completing a book on Thomas Jefferson’s daughters. Source: http://www.lifeinthefingerlakes.com Image source: http://auburnpublictheater.org/

Event Details

    Sept. 22, 2016 - Sept. 22, 2016
    07:00 PM - 08:30 PM