This program tells the story of the Hemings family, whose close blood ties to the third president of America had been systematically expunged from history until very recently. Two speakers trace the Hemingses from their origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family's dispersal after Thomas Jefferson's death in 1826, bringing to life not only Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson, but the entire family and their compelling saga.
Annette Gordon-Reed is a professor of law at New York Law School and a professor of history at Rutgers University. She is the author of the groundbreaking Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy and The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family. Brent Staples is an editorial writer for The New York Times. His memoir, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White, won the Anisfield Wolff Book Award.