Gordon-Reed Delivers McCorkle Lecture on 'Black Citizenship, Law, and the Founding'
Gordon-Reed won the Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," a subject she had previously written about in "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy." She is credited with changing the way Jefferson’s life is understood though her investigation into the relationship between the third president and Sally Hemings, an enslaved woman.
The McCorkle Lectureship was established in memory of Claiborne Ross McCorkle '10, by his widow, Hazel Webb McCorkle, and his son, George M. McCorkle.
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