Historical Hall of Fame: Annette Gordon-Reed (b___) is an award-winning author and professor of law and history.
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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. She currently lives in New
According to the Pulitzer Prize committee, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, by Annette Gordon-Reed
(W.W.Norton & Company), "is a painstaking exploration of a sprawling multi-generation slave family that casts provocative new
light on the relationship between Sally Hemings and her master, Thomas Jefferson."...
"As The Hemingses of Monticello makes vividly
clear, Monticello can no longer be known only as the home of
a remarkable American leader, the author of the Declaration of Independence;
nor can the story of the
Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president have been expunged from history until very
be left out of the telling of America's story.
With its empathetic and insightful consideration of
human beings acting in almost
unimaginably difficult and complicated family circumstances, The Hemingses
of Monticello is history as great literature. It is a remarkable
Annette Gordon-Reed shown left receiving the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for History