ONLINE CLASS: Declarations of Independence: Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings and Early American History (2184)

Four Thursdays: August 5, 12, 19, 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET

$120.00 (10% off for members)

Thomas Jefferson is one of the most intriguing figures in US history because of his importance to the founding of the nation and because of the contradictions that defined his life – a prophet of equality whose stirring words changed the course of history, Jefferson enslaved hundreds of human beings over the course of his life and presided over slavery’s expansion, failing to arrest its spread. Over the course of this four-week class, we will attempt to understand Jefferson and the world in which he lived, and we will discuss his complicated legacy, at turns inspiring and troubling. We will use as our texts Annette Gordon-Reed’s The Hemingses of Monticello and Most Blessed of Patriarchs, a joint biography written by Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf. Central themes of this course will include Jefferson’s record on slavery and his relationship with Sally Hemings. We will also examine Jefferson’s career as a politician, author and philosopher. Jefferson was part of the generation of that founded the United States; so were the men and women he enslaved. The goal of this course will be to develop an in-depth understanding of their world and the nation they created. Four Thursdays: August 5, 12, 19, 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. ET Online Class. 

Books Required:

The Hemingses of Monticello, by Annette Gordon-Reed 9780393337761
Most Blessed of Patriarchs, by Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter Onuf 9781631492518

Brian Taylor is a scholar of US history who focuses on issues related to citizenship, race and national belonging. He earned his doctorate from Georgetown University in 2015, and since has taught at Georgetown and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. His first book, Fighting for Citizenship, (September 2020) is published by the University of North Carolina Press. His current project focuses on the Reno City neighborhood of Washington, D.C. He lives in Laurel, MD, with his wife Diane, son Steve, and three cats.

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The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393337761
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - September 8th, 2009

ISBN: 9781631492518
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Published: Liveright - April 4th, 2017