Sunday, March 26th, 2023 at 2pm Join the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies and the Virginia Festival of the Book for a presentation by Pulitzer Prize winner, Edward J. Larson. 

This event is FREE and offered as part of the 2023 Virginia Festival of the Book. Registration, however, is required to attend in person. Please register here

Unable to join us in person? This presentation will be livestreamed on Facebook and on YouTube

About the Book

How did the founding of the United States entwine with the institution of enslavement? In capturing both a sweeping picture of the three pivotal decades in the 18th century, as well as key moments in time, and in encompassing the voices of enslaved and free Black men and women, American Inheritance: Liberty and Slavery in the Birth of a Nation, 1765-1795 grapples with questions that have seen renewed spotlight and focus by other historians and journalists. Join this Pulitzer Prize winning author at Monticello, in conversation with Dr. John Ragosta, who is the Interim Saunders Director of the program's presenter, the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies at Monticello.  

About the Author

Edward J. Larson is the author of American Inheritance and many acclaimed works in American history, including the Pulitzer Prize winning history of the Scopes Trial, Summer for the Gods. He is a professor of history and the Hugh and Hazel Darling Chair in Law at Pepperdine University.