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Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs": Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (W.W. Norton & Co. 2016).
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Legal Profession
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Constitutional Law
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Constitutional History
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Legal Theory & Philosophy
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Legal History
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Biography & Tribute
Type: Book
Abstract
Tracing Jefferson's philosophical development from youth to old age, the authors explore what they call the "empire" of Jefferson's imagination—an expansive state of mind born of his origins in a slave society, his intellectual influences, and the vaulting ambition that propelled him into public life as a modern avatar of the Enlightenment who, at the same time, likened himself to a figure of old—"the most blessed of the patriarchs." Indeed, Jefferson saw himself as a "patriarch," not just to his country and mountain-like home at Monticello but also to his family, the white half that he loved so publicly, as well as to the black side that he claimed to love, a contradiction of extraordinary historical magnitude. Divided into three sections, "Most Blessed of the Patriarchs" reveals a striking personal dimension to his life. Part I, "Patriarch," explores Jeffersons's origins in Virgina; Part II, " 'Traveller,' " covers his five-year sojourn to Paris; and Part III, "Enthusiast," delves insightfully into the Virginian's views on Christianity, slavery, and race. We see not just his ideas and vision of America but come to know him in an almost familial way, such as through the importance of music in his life.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Andrew Johnson (The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869, Times Books 2011).
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Legal Profession
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Government & Politics
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Executive Office
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Legal History
Type: Book
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A Pulitzer Prize-winning historian recounts the tale of the unwanted president who ran afoul of Congress over Reconstruction and was nearly removed from office Andrew Johnson never expected to be president.
Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History (Annette Gordon-Reed ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2002).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Legal History
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Some of the cases discussed include Amistad, Dred Scott, Plessy v. Ferguson, Scottsboro, Korematsu v. US, Brown v. Board, Loving v. Virginia, Regents v. Bakke, and OJ Simpson.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (Univ. Press of Va. 1997).
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Government & Politics
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Executive Office
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Legal History
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Presents first-hand accounts, memoirs, letters, and recent DNA evidence that points to Thomas Jefferson's thirty-eight-year affair with his slave Sally Hemings, and refutes claims to the contrary.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past, N.Y. Times Book Rev., Sept. 24, 2017, at 20.
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Government & Politics
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Executive Office
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Legal History
Type: Article
Annette Gordon-Reed, Our Trouble with Sex: A Christian Story?, N.Y. Rev. Books, Aug. 17, 2017, at 33 (reviewing Geoffrey R. Stone, Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century (2017)).
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Constitutional Law
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Constitutional History
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Religion
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LGBTQ Rights Law
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Discrimination
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Gender & Sexuality
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Religion & Law
Type: Article
Annette Gordon-Reed & Peter S. Onuf, Thomas Jefferson’s Bible Teaching, N.Y. Times, July 4, 2017, at A21.
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Government & Politics
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Legal Profession
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Religion & Law
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Executive Office
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Legal History
Type: News
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The article focuses on bible teaching of former U.S. President Thomas Jefferson according to which faith that no government should interfere in anyone's private religious belief and mentions how educating citizen to avoid violent disagreement over trivial doctrinal distinction could ensure peace.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Legacy. What is a legacy?, 66 Hist. Today, Nov. 2016, at 4.
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Legal Profession
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Law & Humanities
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Legal History
Type: Article
Annette Gordon-Reed, A Different View on Harvard Law’s Shield, Time, Mar. 15, 2016, at 56.
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Civil Rights
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Discrimination
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Legal History
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Legal Education
Type: Article
Annette Gordon-Reed, Redemption Songs: Suing for Freedom Before Dred Scott, 102 J. Am. Hist. 1189 (2016).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Legal History
Type: Article
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On his tour through the United States in the 1830s Alexis de Tocqueville noted Americans' intense attachment to law. In their daily lives they used precepts, and styles of argumentation and decision-making that came directly from the legal system. It is no surprise, then, that enslaved people in the United States, as American as the people who claimed ownership over them, would also have law on their minds. In truth, they had every reason to think about it because law created and sustained the country's racially based slave system.
Annette Gordon-Reed, First Couple, N.Y. Times Book Rev., Dec. 6, 2015, at 36)(reviewing Flora Fraser, The Washingtons: George and Martha, “Join’d by Friendship, Crown’d by Love” (Alfred A. Knopf 2015)).
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Legal Profession
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Legal History
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Biography & Tribute
Type: News
Annette Gordon-Reed, Writing Early American Lives as Biography, 71 Wm. & Mary Q. 491 (2014).
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Legal Profession
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Legal History
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Legal Research & Writing
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This essay is a meditation on the role that biography can play in shaping our understanding of early American history. It grew out of a WMQ-EMSI workshop, “Early American Biographies,” convened at the Huntington Library in 2012. Workshop participants presented papers discussing lives from a broad cross section of North American society from the late seventeenth century to the early part of the nineteenth century. Gordon-Reed's essay discusses the mechanics of writing the biographies of obscure figures, gives a brief history of modern biography, and addresses criticism of biography as a form of history writing.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Man of the World, Am. Scholar, Summer 2014, at 103 (reviewing Fred Kaplan, John Quincy Adams: American Visionary (HarperCollins 2014)).
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Legal Profession
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Biography & Tribute
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Peter S. Onuf & Annette Gordon-Reed, Jefferson's Spaces, 48 Early Am. Literature 755 (2013) (reviewing Peter Hatch, "A Rich Spot of Earth": Thomas Jefferson's Revolutionary Garden at Monticello (Yale Univ. Press 2012), Kevin J. Hayes, Jefferson in His Own Time: A Biographical Chronicle of His Life, Drawn from Recollections, Interviews and Memoirs by Family, Friends, and Associates (Univ. Iowa Press 2012) & Cynthia A. Kierner, Martha Jefferson Randolph, Daughter of Monticello (Univ. N.C. Press 2012)).
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Legal Profession
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Biography & Tribute
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Legal History
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Annette Gordon-Reed, Reading White over Black, 69 Wm. & Mary Q. 853 (2012)(reviewing Winthrop D. Jordan, White over Black: American Attitudes toward the Negro, 1550-1812, 2nd ed. (2012)).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Legal History
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Peter S. Onuf & Annette Gordon-Reed, Introduction to Lucia C. Stanton, "Those Who Labor for My Happiness": Slavery at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello at vii (Univ. Va. Press 2012).
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Legal Profession
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Legal History
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This volume represents the first attempt to pull together Stanton’s most important writings on slavery at Monticello and beyond. Stanton’s pioneering work deepened our understanding of Jefferson without demonizing him.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Foreword to Elizabeth Dowling Taylor, A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons at xv (St. Martin's Press 2012).
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Legal Profession
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Legal History
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Chronicles the life of a former slave to James and Dolley Madison, tracing his early years on their plantation, his service in the White House household staff and post-emancipation achievements as a memoirist.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Focusing on Slaves as Well as on Slavery, 47 Early Am. Literature 451 (2012).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Legal History
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Annette Gordon-Reed, The Persuader: What Harriet Beecher Stowe Wrought, The New Yorker, June 13, 2011, at 120 (reviewing David S. Reynolds, Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America (2011)).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Disciplinary Perspectives & Law
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Race & Ethnicity
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Religion & Law
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Law & Political Theory
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Law & Social Change
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Biography & Tribute
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Legal History
Type: Article
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A review of the book "Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom's Cabin and the Battle for America," by David S. Reynolds.
Annette Gordon-Reed, History and Memory: A Critique of the Foote Vision, in American Homer: Reflections on Shelby Foote and his Classic the Civil War: A Narrative 60 (Jon Meachem ed., Modern Library 2011) (companion volume to Shelby Foote, The Civil War Trilogy Box Set (Modern Library 2011)).
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Legal Profession
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Biography & Tribute
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Legal History
Type: Book
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Four years later, Lincoln’s second inaugural sets the seal, invoking “charity for all” on the Eve of Five Forks and the Grant-Lee race for Appomattox. Here is the dust and stench of war, a sort of Twilight of the Gods.
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Phenomenon: W.E.B. Dubois, in Profiles in Leadership: Historians on the Elusive Quality of Greatness 149 (Walter Isaacson ed., W.W. Norton & Co. 2010).
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Legal Profession
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Biography & Tribute
Type: Book
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A collection of essays reflecting on the enduring ingredients of leadership.
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (W.W. Norton & Co. 2009).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Legal History
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This epic work—named a best book of the year by the Washington Post, Time, the Los Angeles Times, Amazon, the San Francisco Chronicle, and a notable book by the New York Times—tells the story of the Hemingses, whose close blood ties to our third president had been systematically expunged from American history until very recently. Now, historian and legal scholar Annette Gordon-Reed traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.
Annette Gordon-Reed, The Resonance of Minds: Thomas Jefferson and James Madison in the Republic of Letters, in The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Jefferson (Frank Shuffelton ed., Cambridge Univ. Press 2009).
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Legal Profession
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Legal History
Type: Book
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It has been called “the Great Collaboration”; the long-term political partnership, professional relationship, and deep friendship of Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, two American statesmen who, together and apart, played pivotal roles in the formation of the American nation. The connection of these two Virginians calls to mind the description of two other famous collaborators in an entirely different field, and from another era: James Watson and Francis Crick, who first described the structure and workings of DNA. A person who knew and observed this celebrated pair said that their partnership was driven by a “resonance between two minds - that high state in which 1 plus 1 does not equal 2 but more like ten.” Like Jefferson and Madison, Watson and Crick were men of different temperaments who were, nevertheless, united by their single-minded devotion to their respective goals. However one weighs the relative merits of the contributions of these partnerships - two scientists discovering the building blocks of life versus two politicians/philosophers laying down the groundwork for a new nation - there is no question that a special alchemy was created by both combinations of minds, a catalyst that spurred each individual to greater intellectual strivings than they would have had without the other member of their pair. The conditions, however, had to be right. One cannot discount the importance of being the right people in the right place at the right time. Watson and Crick were perfectly situated and suited to take advantage of the scientific advances and theories that laid the groundwork for their eventual triumph, having come of age during the post-Second World War era of scientific inquiry and technological innovation.
Annette Gordon-Reed, Celia's Case (1857), in Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History 48 (Annette Gordon-Reed ed., Oxford Univ. Press 2002).
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Legal Profession
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Property Law
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Race & Ethnicity
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Discrimination
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Legal History
Type: Book
Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. & Annette Gordon-Reed, Vernon Can Read!: A Memoir (Pub. Aff. 2001).
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Legal Profession
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Discrimination & Civil Rights
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Race & Ethnicity
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Civil Rights
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Biography & Tribute
Type: Book