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Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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Annette Gordon-Reed is a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, and the award-winning author of six books. Her latest book, "On Juneteenth," sets out to capture the integral importance of the holiday to American history. “It is staggering that there is no date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States,” says Gordon-Reed.

In her earlier piece “Growing Up with Juneteenth,” written for The New Yorker, she recounts how the Texas holiday became a national tradition: “When I was a little girl, in Texas, I thought Juneteenth belonged to us, meaning to the state of Texas generally and to Black Texans specifically,” she starts, before going on to recount the disconnect between “freedom” in legal terms versus lived reality, the unfulfilled promise of the Declaration for Black Americans, and the horrors they have had to endure even after the Emancipation Proclamation. Impassioned, moving, and articulate, "On Juneteenth" is an even deeper, more personal recollection—a captivating blend of memoir and history that explores the violence and oppression that preceded and followed this celebration, what it means to us now, and how it relates to our larger fight for equality.

Gordon-Reed is also the author of "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction—along with fourteen other awards. It explores the inconsistencies of Jefferson’s stance on slavery and his relationship with enslaved woman Sally Hemings, and has been called “the best study of a slave family ever written” by noted Jefferson scholar Joseph Ellis. Her other books include "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" —a rich examination of scholarly writing on the relationships between Jefferson and Hemings, which exposes the possibility that scholars were misguided by their own biases and may even have contorted evidence to preserve their preexisting opinions of Jefferson. Her other book, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination," presents a provocative character study of Jefferson that challenges much of the scholarly status quo on his portrayal throughout history. Gordon-Reed’s upcoming title, "A Jefferson Reader on Race," is set to be published in 2022.

Her honors include the National Humanities Medal (awarded by President Barack Obama), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Gordon-Reed was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

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On Juneteenth

On Juneteenth

Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

Andrew Johnson: The American Presidents Series: The 17th President, 1865-1869

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

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  • On Juneteenth The Essential Story of ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History

    There is perhaps no one more qualified than Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed to tell the sweeping story of Juneteenth. In her searing new book, the Texas native chronicles both the state, and the country’s, long road to Juneteenth—and the many hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Jim Crow and beyond. Gordon-Reed expertly weaves together her own family’s chronicle—she is a descendent of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—alongside the wider context of American history. It is this combination of poignant personal anecdotes and powerfully demonstrative facts that make Gordon-Reed’s account so vital, stirring, and eloquent. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing. This meaningful and personal talk, based on the book, breathes new life into the historical events that have led us to this moment—and illuminates a new path forward.

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Annette Gordon-Reed

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Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School & Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author

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Annette Gordon-Reed Biography

Annette Gordon-Reed is a Professor of History in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, and the award-winning author of six books. Her latest book, "On Juneteenth," sets out to capture the integral importance of the holiday to American history. “It is staggering that there is no date commemorating the end of slavery in the United States,” says Gordon-Reed.

In her earlier piece “Growing Up with Juneteenth,” written for The New Yorker, she recounts how the Texas holiday became a national tradition: “When I was a little girl, in Texas, I thought Juneteenth belonged to us, meaning to the state of Texas generally and to Black Texans specifically,” she starts, before going on to recount the disconnect between “freedom” in legal terms versus lived reality, the unfulfilled promise of the Declaration for Black Americans, and the horrors they have had to endure even after the Emancipation Proclamation. Impassioned, moving, and articulate, "On Juneteenth" is an even deeper, more personal recollection—a captivating blend of memoir and history that explores the violence and oppression that preceded and followed this celebration, what it means to us now, and how it relates to our larger fight for equality.

Gordon-Reed is also the author of "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family," which won the Pulitzer Prize in history and the National Book Award for nonfiction—along with fourteen other awards. It explores the inconsistencies of Jefferson’s stance on slavery and his relationship with enslaved woman Sally Hemings, and has been called “the best study of a slave family ever written” by noted Jefferson scholar Joseph Ellis. Her other books include "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy" —a rich examination of scholarly writing on the relationships between Jefferson and Hemings, which exposes the possibility that scholars were misguided by their own biases and may even have contorted evidence to preserve their preexisting opinions of Jefferson. Her other book, “Most Blessed of the Patriarchs: Thomas Jefferson and the Empire of the Imagination," presents a provocative character study of Jefferson that challenges much of the scholarly status quo on his portrayal throughout history. Gordon-Reed’s upcoming title, "A Jefferson Reader on Race," is set to be published in 2022.

Her honors include the National Humanities Medal (awarded by President Barack Obama), a Guggenheim Fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship. Gordon-Reed was also elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a member of the Academy’s Commission on the Humanities and Social Sciences. In 2019, she was elected a Member of the American Philosophical Society.

Annette Gordon-Reed Videos

  • Annette Gordon-Reed | Teaching Hard History: American Slavery
  • Jefferson, Race, and Democracy - Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S ...
    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf discuss "Jefferson, Race, and Democracy" at an American Academy event held in Cambridge.
  • Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed Keynote Address at 2016 Annual Dinner

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Annette Gordon-Reed Speaking Topics

  • On Juneteenth The Essential Story of ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History

    There is perhaps no one more qualified than Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed to tell the sweeping story of Juneteenth. In her searing new book, the Texas native chronicles both the state, and the country’s, long road to Juneteenth—and the many hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Jim Crow and beyond. Gordon-Reed expertly weaves together her own family’s chronicle—she is a descendent of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—alongside the wider context of American history. It is this combination of poignant personal anecdotes and powerfully demonstrative facts that make Gordon-Reed’s account so vital, stirring, and eloquent. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing. This meaningful and personal talk, based on the book, breathes new life into the historical events that have led us to this moment—and illuminates a new path forward.

FAQs on booking Annette Gordon-Reed

  • How to book Annette Gordon-Reed?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Annette Gordon-Reed for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Annette Gordon-Reed, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Annette Gordon-Reed or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Annette Gordon-Reed?

    Booking fees for Annette Gordon-Reed, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Annette Gordon-Reed, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Annette Gordon-Reed?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Annette Gordon-Reed for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Annette Gordon-Reed for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Annette Gordon-Reed or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Annette Gordon-Reed or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Annette Gordon-Reed is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics such as On Juneteenth The Essential Story of ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History. The estimated speaking fee range to book Annette Gordon-Reed for your event is $30,000 - $50,000. Annette Gordon-Reed generally travels from MA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Nikki Giovanni, Clayborne Carson, John Legend, Bobby Seale and Van Jones. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Annette Gordon-Reed for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Annette Gordon-Reed Speaker Videos

  • Annette Gordon-Reed | Teaching Hard History: American Slavery
    Jefferson, Race, and Democracy - Annette Gordon-Reed, Peter S ...
    Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf discuss "Jefferson, Race, and Democracy" at an American Academy event held in Cambridge.
  • Dr. Annette Gordon-Reed Keynote Address at 2016 Annual Dinner
    Last Lecture Series | Annette Gordon-Reed
    The Last Lecture Series is an opportunity for selected Harvard Law School faculty members to impart final words of wisdom on the graduating class. This is the second lecture in the 2016 series,...

Annette Gordon-Reed Speaking Topics

  • On Juneteenth The Essential Story of ‘Freedom Day’ and Its Importance to American History

    There is perhaps no one more qualified than Pulitzer-Prize winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed to tell the sweeping story of Juneteenth. In her searing new book, the Texas native chronicles both the state, and the country’s, long road to Juneteenth—and the many hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Jim Crow and beyond. Gordon-Reed expertly weaves together her own family’s chronicle—she is a descendent of enslaved people brought to Texas as early as the 1820s—alongside the wider context of American history. It is this combination of poignant personal anecdotes and powerfully demonstrative facts that make Gordon-Reed’s account so vital, stirring, and eloquent. As our nation verges on recognizing June 19 as a national holiday, On Juneteenth is both an essential account and a stark reminder that the fight for equality is exigent and ongoing. This meaningful and personal talk, based on the book, breathes new life into the historical events that have led us to this moment—and illuminates a new path forward.

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