Annette Gordon-Reed and the Jefferson-Hemings Relationship

Early Republic historian Annette Gordon-Reed was recently named a MacArthur Fellow, which awards $500,000 over five years for the pursuit of creative endeavors, no strings attached. Gordon-Reed, of course, is familiar to Early Republic historians and the general public for her work on the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings relationship and the Hemings family, discussed in a Gilder …

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Review of Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello

While chatting with my former student, Chris Tucker, at TCH last weekend, I asked him if he would be willing to let me cross-post a review of Annette Gordon-Reed's The Hemingses of Monticello that he posted on his own blog. He graciously gave me permission. Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello examines the state of affairs in eighteenth century …

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