The Civil War On Film – 17 in a series – Often these maids were related to their mistresses, as in the case of Sally Hemmings…

The Civil War On Film - 17 in a series - Often these maids were related to their mistresses, as in the case of Sally Hemmings...

Supervision of the drudgery work done by enslaved women kept women of both positions in daily contact. Enslaved maids slept on pallets on the floors of their various mistresses’ rooms to be awoken whenever necessary through the night. Often these maids were related to their mistresses, as in the case of Sally Hemmings, maid and half-sister to Martha Jefferson on the Monticello plantation, which created complex relationships and widely reported whispers among women of both stations of life.

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