The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

By Annette Gordon-Reed
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30.60 Hours 11/03/2008 unabridged
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Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize 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.

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Summary

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Winner of the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize

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

Editorial Reviews

“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)

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Author Bio: Annette Gordon-Reed

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 and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. She lives in New York City.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 30.60
Audience: Adult
Language: English