The Hemingses of Monticello:

An American Family

  • Read by: Karen White
  • Runtime: 30.6 Hours
  • Recording: Unabridged
  • Release date: 11.3.2008
  • Publisher: Tantor
  • Genre: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
  • 30.60 hrs11/3/2008Unabridged
  • ISBN-13: 9781400179756
This epic work 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. It brings to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson but also their children and Hemings's 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 its own revolution, 1790s Philadelphia, and plantation life at Monticello. Much anticipated, this book promises to be the most important history of an American slave family ever written.

Editorial Reviews

[Listeners] will find it absorbing.The New York Times

“Readers will find it absorbing.”

New York Times

“This revelatory American story provides some much needed insight into Southern antebellum life and the various contradictions involving the views and behavior of slave masters and their relations to their slaves.”

Los Angeles Times

“Gordon-Reed has given us an important story that is ultimately about the timeless quest for justice and human dignity.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“Fascinating, wise, and of the utmost importance…Gordon-Reed’s genius for reading nearly silent records makes this an extraordinary work.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This is a masterpiece brimming with decades of dedicated research and dexterous writing.”

Library Journal (starred review)

Reader Biography

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.

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