Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

3.93 avg rating
( 323 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780813918334: Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
View all copies of this ISBN edition:
 
 

When Annette Gordon-Reed's groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing.

Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson's life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence―especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00

Possessing both a layperson's unfettered curiosity and a lawyer's logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships―relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law at New York Law School, doesn't take a position for or against the proposition that Thomas Jefferson may have had a liaison of nearly 40 years with a slave named Sally Hemings, and that Hemings may have borne him several children. Instead, in this scrupulously researched book, Gordon-Reed examines the evidence both for and against Jefferson's liasion with Hemings. Among the strongest evidence in this provocative book is the fact that though Jefferson's time in Virginia was limited when he was in public life, Hemings's six children--born over 15 years--were delivered with months after each of Jefferson's stays at Monticello.

About the Author:

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, and the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. She is the author of The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won both the Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award for Nonfiction.

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.: Univ of Virginia Pr (1998)
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Soft cover Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Boston Book Warehouse
(Spring Hope, NC, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Charlottesville, Virginia, U.S.A.: Univ of Virginia Pr, 1998. Soft cover. Condition: New. No Jacket. NEW/UNUSED/UNMARKED/UNOPENED from the Publisher. In the Original Publisher's Shrink-Wrap. Not a Remainder, Return, or Previously Owned. U.S. Domestic Tracking/Confirmation Included. Via USPS, Will Ship International, APO/FPO/DPO, PO Boxes, all US 50 States/Territories, Priority and please inquire for Express. All orders are packed carefully/securely, with packing materials to help with quality control, so you may receive your order as described or better, and shipped directly from our facility to provide fast/personal service. We do our best to ship before expected shipping date and provide honest descriptions. Please contact us anytime for assistance. Thank you for your business! Language: eng Language: eng Language: eng. Seller Inventory # ABE-3625120807

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 6.50
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press 3/29/1998 (1998)
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Paperback or Softback Quantity Available: 5
Seller:
BargainBookStores
(Grand Rapids, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press 3/29/1998, 1998. Paperback or Softback. Condition: New. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy. Book. Seller Inventory # BBS-9780813918334

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.75
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Bookhouse COM LLC
(Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0813918332. Seller Inventory # Z0813918332ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
BookShop4U
(PHILADELPHIA, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0813918332. Seller Inventory # Z0813918332ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Vital Products COM LLC
(Southampton, PA, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0813918332. Seller Inventory # Z0813918332ZN

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 15.91
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Annette Gordon-Reed
Published by University of North Carolina Press
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
INDOO
(Avenel, NJ, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of North Carolina Press. Condition: New. Brand New. Seller Inventory # 0813918332

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 12.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.60
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press (1998)
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller:
Murray Media
(North Miami Beach, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # 0813918332

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 14.28
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 1.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Gordon-Reed, Annette
Published by University of Virginia Press
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New PAPERBACK Quantity Available: 10
Seller:
Lakeside Books
(Benton Harbor, MI, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press. PAPERBACK. Condition: New. 0813918332 BRAND NEW, GIFT QUALITY! NOT OVERSTOCKS OR MARKED UP REMAINDERS! DIRECT FROM THE PUBLISHER!|1.02. Seller Inventory # OTF-Y-9780813918334

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 13.07
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: US$ 3.99
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Annette Gordon-Reed
Published by University of Virginia Press, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
Book Depository International
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Annette Gordon-Reed s groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson s sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson s renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing.Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson s life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence--especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00 Possessing both a layperson s unfettered curiosity and a lawyer s logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships--relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike. Seller Inventory # AAS9780813918334

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 17.73
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Annette Gordon-Reed
Published by University of Virginia Press, United States (1998)
ISBN 10: 0813918332 ISBN 13: 9780813918334
New Paperback Quantity Available: 1
Seller:
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description University of Virginia Press, United States, 1998. Paperback. Condition: New. New edition. Language: English . Brand New Book. When Annette Gordon-Reed s groundbreaking study was first published, rumors of Thomas Jefferson s sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings had circulated for two centuries. Among all aspects of Jefferson s renowned life, it was perhaps the most hotly contested topic. The publication of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings intensified this debate by identifying glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars evaluations of the existing evidence. In this study, Gordon-Reed assembles a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing.Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequent historians and biographers followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson s life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence--especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. This updated edition of the book also includes an afterword in which the author comments on the DNA study that provided further evidence of a Jefferson and Hemings liaison.00 Possessing both a layperson s unfettered curiosity and a lawyer s logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal. Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships--relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allows the evidence to speak for itself. Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy is the definitive look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike. Seller Inventory # AAS9780813918334

More Information About This Seller | Contact this Seller

Buy New
US$ 18.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book