Thomas Jefferson: An Intimate History
by Fawn M. Brodie

A woman's biography of Jefferson. It gives psychological explanations for his migraine headaches and speculates about his private life. She justly criticizes him for not doing more to end slavery and for being a slave owned himself. She asserts that he was attracted to women who were forbidden, but I think he was attracted to Maria Cosway and Sally Hemmings in spite of the fact they were not marriageable. His affairs with these pretty women surely must have occupied his mind and affected his personality. But the author, despite generally good scholarship, goes overboard at times in her search for the psychological explanation of TJ's acts, especially with regard to the Revolution.

Year Read: 1977

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