Sarah’s Pick: The Hemingses of Monticello

The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed

What more can you say about a book that won both the Pulitzer and the National Book Award? Annette Gordon-Reed brings a lawyer’s mind to historical questions, making a case for the relationship between the Jefferson and Hemings families and then laying out the evidence to drive the point home. While the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings story is best known, Gordon-Reed goes beyond that to bring to light more obscure but equally powerful tales of a family that retained its identity through both slavery and freedom.

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