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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...


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barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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