The Hemingses of Monticello

The Hemingses of Monticello

An American Family

By Annette Gordon-Reed

W. W. Norton & Company, Paperback, 9780393337761, 802pp.

Publication Date: September 2009

This epic work named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a notable book by the New York Times tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Jefferson's death in 1826.

About the Author
Annette Gordon-Reed is the author of "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family", for which she was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award. She holds three appointments at Harvard University: professor of law at Harvard Law School, professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. A MacArthur Fellow and a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, she is also the author of "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy"; the coauthor with Vernon E. Jordan, Jr., of "Vernon Can Read!"; and the editor of "Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History". She lives in New York City.

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