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Examining Primary Sources 

16Jan 19

People enslaved at Monticello now represented in programming

It’s long been known that Thomas Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman at the Founding Father’s Monticello plantation. Monticello is now a museum, but mentions of Hemings and other people enslaved there have been spare. Now more of their voices are being heard at Monticello. An…

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Examining Primary Sources explores commonly studied historical texts by answering important questions about them: Why was it written? What does it mean? What was the impact? Each book examines the primary source—from the context, to the actual words, all the way to the impact—leaving readers with a comprehensive understanding of the document.

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