Date: 5:30pm EDT April 4, 2013
Master of the Mountain: Thomas Jefferson and His Slaves
Master of the Mountain, Henry Wiencek’s eloquent, persuasive book—based on new information coming from archaeological work at Monticello and on hitherto overlooked or disregarded evidence in Jefferson’s papers—opens up a huge, poorly understood dimension of Jefferson’s world. Henry Wiencek, a nationally prominent historian and writer, is the author of several books, including The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White, which won a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1999, and An Imperfect God: George Washington, His Slaves, and the Creation of America (FSG, 2003). He lives with his wife and son in Charlottesville, Virginia. Wiencek and his wife (writer Donna Lucey) spent the 2008-2009 academic year in residence at Washington College as the Starr Center’s Patrick Henry Writing Fellow.