The Levys of Monticello

Extended conversation featuring director Steven Pressman, Professor Marc Dollinger, and Professor Margalynne Armstrong, moderated by Rebecca Pierce.

When Thomas Jefferson died in 1826, he was mired in debt and his beloved home at Monticello was rapidly falling into disrepair. The Levys of Monticello tells the remarkable story of a Jewish family that wound up owning Monticello, while also saving it from ruin on two different occasions. In doing so, members of the Levy family also battled the ugly stains of antisemitism, while Monticello itself continued to confront its own bitter legacy of slavery and racism.

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Release Year
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Running Time
71 minutes
Premiere Status
Bay Area Premiere

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