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2011-01-26 06:55:00

TAMPA, Fla., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "In Defense Of Thomas Jefferson" has just been published by St. Martin's Press and concerns the major historical controversy surrounding Mr. Jefferson and his slave, Sally Hemings. "In Defense" definitively destroys the cultural myth that Jefferson had any relationship with Ms. Hemings. The belief that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and fathered a child (or children) with slave Sally Hemings -- and that such an allegation was proven by DNA testing...

2009-12-08 09:36:00

Pulitzer prize-winning author to discuss 'The Hemingses of Monticello' WASHINGTON, Dec. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Wednesday, December 16, at 7 p.m., the National Archives will host Pulitzer prize-winning author Annette Gordon-Reed who will discuss her groundbreaking new book, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080925/DC35252LOGO) In The Hemingses of Monticello, the Hemings family finally comes to light in all its...

2008-11-20 01:14:23

The National Book Award for non-fiction was bestowed on Annette Gordon-Reed in New York Wednesday night for her book, The Hemingses of Monticello. Gordon-Reed's book tells the multigenerational story of the family of Sally Hemings, a black slave owned by President Thomas Jefferson and alleged to have had at least one child by him. In accepting the award, Gordon-Reed talked of the journey that black people in this country have been on since the Hemingses were owned by Jefferson, The Washington...

2008-10-01 03:00:19

Annette Gordon-Reed had several things in mind when she began working on her latest book, the author and college professor told about 100 people yesterday at the Library of Virginia. Perpetuating the legend of Thomas Jefferson wasn't chief among them, she told the crowd that had gathered to hear her speak two days before the release of her latest book, "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family." Jefferson, she said, just happened to offer the best way into the story she wanted to...

2008-07-26 09:00:33

By THOMAS H MAUGH II By Thomas H. Maugh II Los Angeles Times Dr. Eugene Foster, the retired pathologist who orchestrated the DNA testing which showed that Thomas Jefferson fathered at least one of the slave Sally Hemings' children, died Monday at the University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville, according to his son- in-law Brian Pusser. He was 81. Historians had speculated for nearly two centuries that Jefferson's affair with the household slave had produced illegitimate...

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