Edward Sorel’s illustration for “President Tom’s Cabin: Jefferson, Hemings, and a disclaimed lineage,” Jill Lepore‘s review of Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton, 2008) a biography of three generations of a slave family owned by Thomas Jefferson.

Gordon-Reed, , won the National Book Award for nonfiction this evening for her book. A professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University, she is alos the author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy.

Cover art for Gordon-Reed’s book.

Update: Read UMD Law school prof Sherrilyn Ifill’s (yes, Gwen’s cousin) comments on the book from November 21 here.


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