“Slavery at Monticello: The Paradox of Liberty”

Lecture by Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed Dartmouth ’81

Saturday, November 16, 2013
Lecture by Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed ’81: “Slavery at Monticello: The Paradox of Liberty”

American Institute of Architects
1735 New York Avenue NW (near the Corcoran)
Washington, DC

5:30 PM  Registration and Welcome Reception
6:45 PM  Presentation by Annette Gordon-Reed '81
8:30 - 9:30 PM  Reception

Register online: Fee: $40 Classes 2003–2013; $50 earlier classes and guests
Fee: $40 Classes 2003–2013; $50 earlier classes and guests
Metro: Farragut North (Red) or Farragut West (Orange/ Blue)

Full details http://alumni.dartmouth.edu/learnandtravel/onlocation/monticello

How could the author of the Declaration of independence own slaves?  

Author, historian and legal scholar, Annette Gordon-Reed will give a talk titled "Slavery at Monticello: The Paradox of Liberty" in which she will discuss how Monticello was the home of a man who wrote the American Declaration of Independence, wrote the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, and founded the University of Virginia. Yet, Jefferson held over 700 people in bondage over the course of his life.  His way of life always depended on the labor of people he held in slavery. The American paradox is very present in this place, and is, therefore, the perfect place to consider the struggles the country has had over slavery, freedom and race.  

Gordon-Reed published her first book, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy, in 1997. In 2008, Gordon-Reed published The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family, which won 16 book awards, including the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in History and the National Book Award. The Hemingses of Monticello traces the Hemings family from its origins in Virginia in the 1700s to the family’s dispersal after Jefferson’s death in 1826.

Gordon-Reed teaches at Harvard Law School and is a history professor at Harvard University.  She won a MacArthur "Genius Award" and a National Humanities Medal in 2010.  Gordon-Reed is also a Trustee of Dartmouth College.

Tickets are limited, so register early. The fee includes Professor Gordon-Reed's presentation followed by a cocktail reception. 

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This Dartmouth on Location event is organized by the Office of Alumni Relations, the Black Alumni of Dartmouth Association, and the Dartmouth Club of Washington, D.C. For more information about Dartmouth on Location programs or to register, please contact us at (603) 646-9159 or ar.ace@dartmouth.edu.