Jefferson's Children by Shannon Lanier
The Story of One American Family

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On October 31, 1998, the Associated Press broke the news of the DNA findings linking Thomas Jefferson to Sally Hemings through the Eston Hemings line. On November 10, on national TV, Oprah united members of the Jefferson family and the descendants of the Eston, Madison, and Woodson lines of the Hemings family--and history was made. On this show, Lucian Truscott IV, a Jefferson descendant, issued an invitation to the Hemings family to come to a family reunion at Monticello. At the reunion, emotions ran high--and it was in this setting that photographer Jane Feldman met Shannon Lanier and the idea for this book was born. The authors have since traveled the country amassing historical materials and interviewing and photographing members of both sides of the family. This is the story of their journey, 200 years back in time, and back and forth across family and racial lines. It is not so much a story of black and white as it is a story about an American family.

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Jane Feldman is a professional photographer whose striking work has gained international attention in the field of advertising and among nonprofit organizations that promote youth empowerment. She is also the coauthor and photographer of "Jeffersons Children: The Story of One American Family, an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. The author lives in New York City and the Berkshire Mountains.
Published February 1, 2000 by Diane Pub Co. 144 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Children's Books.

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Describing the first Jefferson family reunion to which the Hemings relatives were invited, at Monticello in 1999, Lanier writes: ""There were Jeffersons there who threw their arms around me, and one woman who looked at my outstretched hand and actually shuddered."" Those responses are reflected i...

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