by Joanne Yeck
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.
The Jefferson Family – Contents:
Peter Jefferson, Gent.
Jane Jefferson’s Shadwell
The Early Education of Randolph Jefferson
Randolph Jefferson – Contents:
A World beyond the Piedmont: Williamsburg and the College of William and Mary
Randolph Jefferson, Patriot
Randolph Jefferson, Planter
Matters of Money
Snowden: A Plantation in Buckingham County
The Children of Randolph Jefferson
The Jefferson Brothers – Contents
The Jefferson Servants
The Patient Randolph Jefferson
The Second Mrs. Randolph Jefferson
“My Brother Died This Morning”
The Jefferson Brothers: A Study in Contrasts