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An Unconventional First Lady

Jun 4, 2013


Thomas Jefferson's eldest and favorite daughter, Martha Jefferson Randolph, would often assume the role of First Lady after her mother died.

On Wednesday's Up to Date, biographer Cynthia A. Kierner talks with Steve Kraske about her book Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello. We look at how, after her mother's early death, Martha charmed the world with her personality, ran the household and stayed calm during financial woes.

We also examine her close relationship with her father, and how she reacted to gossip about his relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings. 

HEAR MORE: Cynthia Kierner will speak at 6:30 p.m. June 5 at the Plaza Branch of the Kansas City Public Library. KCUR is a co-sponsor of the event.