The Hemingses of Monticello

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
The Hemingses of Monticello- An American Family.jpg
Author Annette Gordon-Reed
Country United States
Language English
Genre History, biography
Publisher W. W. Norton
Publication date
Pages 800
ISBN 0-393-06477-8
OCLC 225087744

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family is a 2008 book by American historian Annette Gordon-Reed. It recounts the history of four generations of the African-American Hemings family, from their African and Virginia origins until the 1826 death of Thomas Jefferson, their master and the father of Sally Hemings' children.[1]

It is based on Gordon-Reed's study of legal records, diaries, farm books, letters, wills, newspapers, archives, and oral history.[1] Gordon-Reed wanted readers to "see slave people as individuals" and to "tell the story of this family in a way not done before".[1] Jefferson scholar Joseph Ellis has called the book "the best study of a slave family ever written".[1]

The book has won sixteen awards and was a finalist for the 2008 National Book Critics Circle Award in Biography and the 2009 Mark Lynton History Prize.[2][3][4]

In 2008

In 2009

In 2010

In 2010 Annette Gordon-Reed was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship for her works on colonial and early American history, race and slavery. The Foundation noted that her "persistent investigation into the life of an iconic American president has dramatically changed the course of Jeffersonian scholarship."[13][14]


  1. ^ a b c d Cohen, Patricia. "Seeing past the slave to study the person", The New York Times (September 19, 2008).
  2. ^ Jennie Yabroff, "A Lawyer’s New Jefferson Memorial: The next chapter in the Hemings saga", NEWSWEEK
  3. ^ 2008 NBCC Finalists Announced |author= Barbara Hoffert
  4. ^ Columbia University Archived 2010-06-23 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "National Book Awards – 2008". National Book Foundation. Retrieved 2012-02-20. (With interview and acceptance speech.)
  6. ^ a b "Rutgers-Newark prof Annette Gordon-Reed wins Pulitzer Prize"
  7. ^ Michael Bandler, "Pulitzer Prize for Drama Honors Play about Women in Wartime Congo: Biography, Fiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Poetry Winners Also Named"
  8. ^ "2009 George Washington Book Prize Awarded at Mount Vernon"
  9. ^ "Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards :: 2006 Winners". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  10. ^ "Awards - NJCH Annual Book Award". NJCH. Archived from the original on 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  11. ^ "New York Law School Professor Wins $25,000 Frederick Douglass Book Prize" Archived 2010-03-29 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ a b "Library of Virginia Literary Award | W. W. Norton & Company". Retrieved 2010-09-11.
  13. ^ "Annette Gordon-Reed", MacArthur Foundation
  14. ^ "Annette Gordon-Reed", NPR

External links

  • François Furstenberg, "Jefferson's Other Family: His concubine was also his wife's half-sister", review of Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello, Slate, 23 September 2008
  • Video: Annette Gordon-Reed discusses The Hemingses of Monticello
  • Listen: Annette Gordon-Reed on NPR's Talk of the Nation
  • Excerpt: Gordon-Reed examines Sally Hemings' time in Paris with Thomas Jefferson (via
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