Annette Gordon-Reed is an American historian and law professor known for her work on American President Thomas Jefferson and his relationship with Sally Hemings, one of his slaves. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, including the Pulitzer Prize for History for her book 'The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family'. Gordon-Reed is also a professor at Harvard University and has contributed significantly to the dialogue on race and American history.
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This book explores the complex and controversial history of Thomas Jefferson's relationship with his slave, Sally Hemings, and her family. It provides a detailed account of the Hemings family's life at Monticello, their interactions with Jefferson, and their experiences during and after his presidency. The narrative also delves into the wider context of slavery, race, and society in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, challenging traditional views and offering a fresh perspective on a well-known historical figure and his time.
"On Juneteenth" is a memoir by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed that explores the history and significance of Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Gordon-Reed reflects on her own experiences growing up in Texas and the ways in which Juneteenth has been celebrated and politicized over time. She also delves into the complex legacy of slavery and racism in America, offering a powerful and thought-provoking exploration of this important holiday and its ongoing relevance.