John Hemings

Portrait by Artist to Come

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BORN:
1776 at Monticello, Albemarle County, Virginia
  DIED:
1833 at Monticello, Albemarle County, Virginia

           

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John Hemings, brother of Sally Hemings, was a Monticello slave who specialized in carpentry and woodwork.

Portrait to come. See entry in Wikipedia.

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The press was the mass medium of the eighteenth century, the only way to bring both news and commentary to a broad public audience. The popularity of newspapers soared in Revolutionary America: By the late 1780s, the United States had about ninety-five newspapers, over twice the number at the time of independence. Moreover, the newspapers of 1776 were weeklies, but those of 1787 we often published two or three times a week. There were even a few that appeared daily to satisfy the hungry reading public.

Pauline Maier
Ratification: The People Debate the Constitution, 1787—1788 (2010)