24 Facts About Annette Gordon-Reed


Annette Gordon-Reed's is formerly the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard University and the Carol K Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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Annette Gordon-Reed is noted for changing scholarship on Thomas Jefferson regarding his relationship with Sally Hemings and her children.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History and the National Book Award for Nonfiction and 15 other prizes in 2009 for her work on the Hemings family of Monticello.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society in 2019.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's is a Trustee of the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

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Annette Gordon-Reed was born in Livingston, Texas, to Bettye Jean Gordon and Alfred Gordon.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's grew up in Jim Crow Conroe, Texas and was the first black child in her elementary school.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's graduated from Dartmouth College in 1981 and Harvard Law School in 1984, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's speaks or moderates at numerous conferences across the country on history and law-related topics.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's was previously Wallace Stevens Professor of Law at New York Law School and Board of Governors Professor of History at Rutgers University, Newark .

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Annette Gordon-Reed analyzed the historiography and identified the set of unexamined assumptions that had governed the investigations by many Jefferson scholars.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's demonstrated errors made by historians, and noted facts overlooked by the white Jefferson descendants and historians, which contradicted their assertions that one or more of Jefferson's Carr nephews had fathered the children.

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Annette Gordon-Reed noted that all of Sally Hemings' children were freed.

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Annette Gordon-Reed "drew on her legal training to apply context and reasonable interpretation to the sparse documentation" and analyzed the historiography as well.

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In 2008 Annette Gordon-Reed published The Hemingses of Monticello, the first volume of a planned two-volume history on the Hemings family and their descendants, bringing a slave family to life on their own terms.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's traced the many descendants of Elizabeth Hemings and their families during the time that they lived at Monticello; she had 75 descendants there.

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In 2011, Annette Gordon-Reed published a biography of the US post-Civil War president Andrew Johnson and his historical reputation.

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Annette Gordon-Reed has noted that the abolitionist Frederick Douglass realized Johnson was no friend of African Americans.

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Annette Gordon-Reed argues in the book that much of the misery imposed on African Americans could have been avoided if they had been given portions of land to cultivate as their own.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's likens their situation to that of immigrant workers in the New York garment industry in the 1890s, and coal miners, who were captives of mining company stores until the UMWA was founded in 1890.

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Annette Gordon-Reed was the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for History, for her 2008 work on the Hemings family.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's was Columbia University's Barbara A Black Lecturer, 2001; and won a Bridging the Gap Award for fostering racial reconciliation, 2000.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's holds honorary degrees, from Ramapo College in New Jersey and the College of William and Mary in May 2010.

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Annette Gordon-Reed's discussed the intimate relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, as well as issues that American black women face today.

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