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Annette Gordon-Reed

35th annual Key West Literary Seminar

Revealing Power: The Literature of Politics
January 12–15, 2017

Annette Gordon-Reed received the 2008 National Book Award and the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, a book that led the New York Review of Books to distinguish her as “one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation.” The National Endowment for the Humanities awarded Gordon-Reed a National Humanities Medal “for her important and innovative research on Thomas Jefferson’s slaves and the life of Sally Hemings, and for bringing to light a previously unrecognized chapter in the American story.”

Gordon-Reed is also author of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American ControversyVernon Can Read!: A Memoir, with Vernon Jordan, Jr.; and Andrew Johnson. She is the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School, and a Professor of History at Harvard University. She was the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen’s College, Oxford University during the 2014-2015 academic year.

Her forthcoming publication is “The Most Blessed of Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination (co-written with Peter S. Onuf). Her honors include the National Humanities Medal, a Guggenheim Fellowship in the humanities, a fellowship from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the National Organization for Women in New York City’s Woman of Power and Influence Award. Gordon-Reed was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.

Selected Bibliography

“The Most Blessed of Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of Imagination (forthcoming, 2016)
Andrew Johnson
(2010)
The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family
(2008)
Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History, editor (2002)
Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir, with Vernon Jordan, Jr. (2001)
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (1997)

Online Resources

Annette Gordon-Reed’s bio on the Harvard Law website
Video: Gordon-Reed on Jefferson’s Mixed Legacy
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy reviewed in NYT

 

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