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National Book Festival

Annette Gordon-Reed, a professor of law at New York Law School since 1992 and winner of the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history for her book "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family" (2008), is one of the country's most distinguished presidential scholars. Her first book was the acclaimed "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" (1997); it was described by "The New Yorker" as "brilliant." In "Race on Trial: Law and Justice in American History" (2002), she edited 12 original essays that illustrate how race often determined the outcome of trials and how trials that confront issues of racism provide a unique lens on American cultural history. Gordon-Reed lives in New York.

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Annette Gordon-Reed

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