Dec 8, 2008

History Lesson: Questions for Annette Gordon-Reed

(NYTimes) - After a lifetime spent writing about Thomas Jefferson and the children he fathered with the slave Sally Hemings, you just won a National Book Award for your sprawling history of her family, “The Hemingses of Monticello.”

It was great to win it on my birthday.

How did you first get interested in Jefferson?

I first read about him in the third grade. He was into books, and I was into books, too. Continued

Photo: Monticello, Library of Congress