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Annette Gordon-Reed on the Hemings Family

Annette Gordon-Reed answers questions from Monticello staff about her book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won a 2008 National Book Award and a 2009 Pulitzer Prize.

Who were the Hemingses?

Why is the story of the Hemings family important?

Who was James Hemings?

How do you respond to people who do not believe Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings?

Why did some of Sally Hemings's children identify themselves as white and others as black?

Why a write a book about the Hemings family?

What's it like to visit Monticello knowing all you do about the people who lived there?


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