Annette Gordon-Reed

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Her unquenchable curiosity about Thomas Jefferson and his secret slave family catapulted Annette Gordon-Reed onto the national stage when her critically acclaimed book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, received the 2008 National Book Award for nonfiction and, in April 2009, the Pulitzer Prize in History.  She was a Rutgers Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University-Newark when she published her book and won those honors. "More than the story of Thomas Jefferson and his house slave Sally Hemings... [The Hemingses of Monticello] is a deeply moral and keenly intelligent probe of the harsh yet all-too-human world they inhabited and the bloodline they share," noted the National Book Foundation.  Gordon-Reed also is the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, editor of Race On Trial: Law and Justice in American History, and coauthor with Vernon Jordan of Vernon Can Read: A Memoir.

Book review in The New York Review of Books, Oct. 9, 2008

Book review in The New Yorker, Sept. 22, 2008