The Jefferson Brothers


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ISBN: 978-0-9839898-1-3 Categories: , Tag:


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The Jefferson Brothers introduces Randolph Jefferson, Thomas Jefferson’s only brother, and brings him out from the shadow of his famous sibling, focusing on the years during which their paths crossed. Over twelve years Randolph’s senior, Thomas Jefferson stood in for the father his brother never knew, guiding his education and helping the younger man establish himself as a successful planter in central Virginia. Particularly after Thomas Jefferson’s retirement from the political stage, the Jefferson brothers related as planters and slaveholders – Thomas at Monticello in Albemarle County and Randolph at Snowden in Buckingham County, Virginia. Life at Snowden, during and after the American Revolution, illuminates not only Randolph Jefferson’s commonplace existence, but also the everyday world of planters in central Virginia. Additionally, The Jefferson Brothers introduces a new Thomas Jefferson, not the great statesman of monumental intellect, but the thoughtful brother and dedicated farmer.

The Jefferson Brothers is written in an engaging style, backed by scholarly research, and supplemented with 80 illustrations, including maps of Jefferson country.


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Weight 1.55 lbs
Dimensions 8.75 x 5.875 x 1.1875 in


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After earning her doctorate in cinema studies at the University of Southern California, Joanne Yeck taught and wrote about film history for many years. She is the author of numerous articles concerning Classic Hollywood and American Popular Culture, and is the coauthor of Movie Westerns and Our Movie Heritage. Since 1995, her interest in Virginia history has become a full-time occupation. Years of research resulted in “At a Place Called Buckingham” . . . Historic Sketches of Buckingham County, Virginia (2011) which celebrated the county’s 250th anniversary. In 2010, she was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship at the International Center for Jefferson Studies which supported her research for The Jefferson Brothers (2012), a biography of Randolph Jefferson. In 2015, she released another collection of essays about Buckingham County, “At a Place Called Buckingham” . . . Volume Two. Her blog, Slate River Ramblings, attracts a growing community interested in Buckingham County and its environs. When not exploring the back roads of Virginia, she lives in Kettering, Ohio. Visit Joanne online at and