Annette Gordon-Reed

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017-2018

Annette Gordon-Reed

Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History
Harvard Law School
Professor of History, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Harvard University

Henry King Stanford Distinguished Professor Lecture Series 2017 - Annette Gordon-Reed

Making Black Citizenship: The Importance and Limits of the Law

Thursday, October 19, 2017 at 7:00pm

Shalala Student Center
Third Floor, Grand Ballroom West

Free & Open to the Public‌  |  Registration Required

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Click here to read a recent New York Times article by Annette Gordon-Reed about Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and the ways we talk about our past.

Reconstruction was a pivotal moment in the history of race relations in America, and the law was at the center of the attempt to make black people true citizens of the United States. But we see in the Amendments to the Constitution, the supreme law of the land, both the strengths and weaknesses of effecting social change through the law. We are still grappling with these matters in the 21st Century. Is there a way out?

The Hemingses of Monticello is a brilliant book. It marks the author as one of the most astute, insightful, and forthright historians of this generation. Not least of Annette Gordon-Reed’s achievements is her ability to bring fresh perspectives to the life of a man whose personality and character have been scrutinized, explained, and justified by a host of historians and biographers.” 
— Edmund S. Morgan and Marie Morgan, The New York Review of Books

Annette Gordon-Reed is the Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; she was the Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2010-2016) and the Harold Vyvyan Harmsworth Visiting Professor of American History at Queen’s College, University of Oxford (2014-2015). She has published six books, among them The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family (Norton, 2008), which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction. Her most recent book, with fellow Jeffersonian Peter S. Onuf, is “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs”: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination (Liveright Publishing, 2016). Professor Gordon-Reed has held fellowships from the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the MacArthur Foundation. In addition, she has been honored with the National Humanities Medal and the Woman of Power & Influence Award from the National Organization for Women in New York City. She was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2011 and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences.