Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy  

Author(s): 

Gordon-Reed, Annette

Publisher: 

University of Virginia Press ; New Ed

Year: 

1998

ISBN (10 digit): 

 978-0813 918334  

Description: 

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.