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In the News When Thomas Met Sally
November 20, 2008
“Think of what this must have meant for his white daughter, Martha, to have another set of children by a slave woman mixed in with her and her children. People in the community talk about it.”
Annette Gordon-Reed, on Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
Annette Gordon-Reed has just won the National Book Award for nonfiction for The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. The judges called her work "a mesmerizing narrative."
Gordon-Reed also figures prominently in a FRONTLINE titled Jefferson's Blood, which explores some of the same territory as her book. Excerpts from the FRONTLINE film and extensive background material, including an interview with Gordon-Reed, are available on our website.