July 4, 2011 – Hour 2

Happy 4th of July!  Today we’re revisiting two of our favorite conversations with American historians.

America was fascinated several years ago to learn of the possibility that Thomas Jefferson had children with a black slave woman named Sally Hemings.  Now, a new book chronicles the life of the Hemingses over an entire century.

Scholar Annette Gordon-Reed joined Marc live in 2008 to discuss her new book called The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family.  What is the historical significance of this family?  What lingering doubts remain about the veracity of the claim that Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings?

Listen in for a glimpse at a fascinating chapter of American history.

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