8 Responses to Contact

  1. Rachel says:

    I’m in the middle of reading Master of the Mountain and can’t put it down! Just wanted to tell you how interesting I find your book, how compelling, and how touching. I am very pleased that after 2 centuries, the stories of some of these slaves is being told!

  2. Rocky Galgano says:

    Finished your book and I loved it. I’m always surprised when people praise TJ. Here was a guy who had a knack for putting together phrases from other peoples writing, added a little of his own and came up with the Declaration of Independence. He was investigated for plagiarism by Congress for it, investigated for cowardice for fleeing Virginia when the British came, was a slave master, raped at least one slave repeatedly that we know of (that’s what it’s called in California when a jailer has sex with a prisoner) bullied Congress into buying his library so he could have money to live, and according to your research had slave children beaten when they wouldn’t work. No wonder there’s a monument to him in Washington. Anyway, loved your book. Looking forward to the next one. BTW saw you on Book T.V. Good reply to that woman who tried to discredit you with that ‘will’ thing.

  3. Richard Moylan says:

    We should talk about Robert Russa Moton
    Google Robert Russa Motion a Forgotten Hero by Richard Moylan

  4. tom Siembor says:

    Just finished the Washington book-I met you at Lisa O’Reilly’s party from the NEH Jefferson group. Book was certainly informative! Keep up the good work!

  5. dadfor1 says:

    May i send a book to be signed. Andrew Horowitz

  6. Jennifer Howland says:

    2 possible theories on Priscilla Hemmings’ headstone:

    1) “hesed” is a reference to the Hebrew word. The Hebrew begins with a Dalet that looks much like a T with more of a line on the left. Hesed has a depth of meanings including loving kindness and the love between 2 people. I recognize there are problems with this theory. It would require the engraver to change his intentions after beginning.

    2) “THE SED” refers to the sedimentary rock and is a gentler way of saying “the rock”.

  7. Hilary Anthony says:

    Hi, I’ve been listening to Master of The Mountain and wanted to respond to a comment you made about Samuel Clemens speaking only metaphorically about being a mongrel with Black, Indian, and Quaker ancestors. I have no knowledge of his Black ancestry. His great grandmother, Rachel Moorman, was a birthright Quaker from a family of several active Quakers. Her grandmother’s identity, per family lore, was either Penelope Johnson, or Bolling or Massie. I think it was most likely Johnson, but if she was Bolling—that would be a family that traces itself to Pocahontas. Clemens would easily be familiar with that possibility as family members were literate back to, at least 1700, and passed those stories on. So, I’m willing to bet a nickel that he has family stories that backed up his claim to being a mongrel.

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