The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Author(s): Annette Gordon-Reed


This epic work tells the story of the Hemings family, whose close blood ties to the third president of America had been systematically expunged from history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemingses from their origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings' siblings, who shared a father with Jefferson's wife, Martha. "The Hemingses of Monticello" sets the family's compelling saga against the backdrop of revolutionary America, Paris on the eve of revolution, 1790s Philadelphia and plantation life at Monticello, Jefferson's estate in Virginia. Much anticipated, this book promises to be the most detailed history of an American slave family ever written.

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Winner of Pulitzer Prize for History 2009 and US National Book Award for Fiction 2008. Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2008 and George Washington Book Prize 2009.

[...] In her new book Gordon-Reed has not abandoned her incisive legal approach to evidence, but here she has essentially become a historian, and a superb one. She has set out to do what she thinks professional historians should have been doing all along. With great historical imagination, she has done far more than put together a convincing case for the Jefferson-Hemings relationship. She has also reconstructed the complicated and intimate relations between black and white families in And perhaps most important, she has uncovered the many expressions of humanity by both blacks and whites existing within a fundamentally inhumane institution. "...the magisterial The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family..." Joyce Carol Oates, Times Literary Supplement, Christmas Roundup 2008 "The Hemingses of Monticello marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation." The New York Review of Books "[A] commanding and important book." The New Yorker

Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy.

General Fields

  • : 9780393337761
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : W. W. Norton & Company, Incorporated
  • : 1.04
  • : October 2009
  • : 235mm X 156mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Annette Gordon-Reed
  • : Paperback
  • : 910
  • : English
  • : 306.362092273
  • : 800
  • : Slavery & emancipation; Social & cultural history; American history; Black studies
  • : 37 illustrations