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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Paperback – September 8, 2009
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“A sweeping, prodigiously researched biography.”
- Motoko Rich, New York Times
“A monumental and original book.”
- Fergus Bordewich, Washington Post
“A brilliant book…It marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.”
- Edmund S. Morgan and Marie Morgan, New York Review of Books
“[A] very important and powerfully argued history of the Hemings family…[Gordon-Reed] has the imagination and talent of an expert historian.”
- Gordon S. Wood, The New Republic
“A riveting and compassionate family portrait that deserves to endure as a model of historical inquiry…stands dramatically apart for its searching intelligence and breadth of humane vision…We owe Annette Gordon-Reed tremendous thanks.”
- Kirk Davis Swinehart, Chicago Tribune
“The Hemingses of Monticello makes a powerful argument for the historical significance of the Hemings family not only for its engagement with a principal architect of the early Republic, but also for the ways the family embodies the complexities and contradictions of slavery in the United States. ”
- James Smethurst, The Boston Globe
“The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed, a historian and law professor, is a doorstop corrective to early American history, painting a composite portrait of a family that stood at the wellspring of the Jefferson, slave Sally Hemings, their children and kin fascinate and surprise. ”
- Cleveland Plain Dealer
“Because of Gordon-Reed, Hemings and her ancestors and descendants achieve full personhood. For that, the author deserves praise and lots of readers. ”
- Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“An epic saga of the Hemings family, whose bloodline has been mixed with that of Thomas Jefferson since our third president took slave Sally Hemings as a mistress. ”
- Dallas Morning News
“Gordon-Reed has pulled off an astonishing feat of historical re-creation, involving equal measures of painstaking archival detective work, creative historical imagination, and balanced judgment.”
- François Furstenberg, Slate
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Yet the complexities of this story extend beyond race as well. Gordon-Reed must and does explore gender inequality, social inequality among whites and blacks, as well as race and ethnicity along with the idiosyncrasies in the lives of particular white and black people; this makes for a layered complex story.
Rather than shy away from this, Gordon-Reed dives right in. She is hobbled by the fact that half of her subject matter, the enslaved people of Monticello, particularly the Hemingses, have little if any written records of their lives. What we know of them is from their own recollections years later, memories of descendants, or any records kept by Jefferson and his employees.
Therefore, Gordon-Reed must make many speculative jumps. She has no other choice. Yet these are very well informed jumps, and I believe most readers will be satisfied with the voice she gives to people who were very purposefully blotted from the Jefferson family history.