Below are a list of general readings informing our series. Documents in PDF can be downloaded via GoogleDrive. Please get in contact with us in the event you have any difficulty accessing these materials (i.e. paywall, non-University status).


Academic Articles:

“In Search of Sally Hemings In the Post-DNA Era.” Mia Bay. Reviews In American History. Vol. 34, no. 4. 2006

“Thomas Jefferson: Nationalist, Scientist, Politician, . . . and Slaveowning Monster?” R. B. Bernstein. Reviews In American History, vol. 42, no. 2. 2014

“Radical Jefferson.” Betsy Erkkila. American Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 2. 2007

“Jefferson and Democracy.” Michael Hardt. American Quarterly, vol. 59, no. 1. 2007

Books and Edited Collections:

Our Declaration: A Reading of the Declaration of Independence in Defense of Equality. Danielle Allen. W. W. Norton & Company, 2015

The Declaration of Independence: A Global History. David Armitage. Harvard University Press, 2007

Israel On the Appomattox: A Southern Experiment In Black Freedom From 1790s Through the Civil War. Melvin Patrick Ely. Random House, 2004

Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas In America. Ibram X. Kendi. Nation Books, 2016.

Untimely Democracy: The Politics of Progress After Slavery. Gregory Laski. Oxford University Press, 2017

Jefferson’s Garden. Peter H. Loewer. Stackpole Books, 2004

Jefferson’s Empire: The Language of American Nationhood. Peter Onuf. University Press of Virginia, 2001

Jeffersonian Legacies. Peter Onuf, et. al. University Press of Virginia, 1993

The History of White People. Nell Irvin Painter. W.W. Norton, 2010

Monticello In Mind: Fifty Contemporary Poems On Jefferson. Lisa Russ Spaar. University of Virginia Press, 2016

“Those Who Labor for My Happiness”: Slavery At Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Lucia Stanton. University of Virginia Press, 2012

Essays and Commentary:

A Restless, Revolutionary Book: Jefferson’s Work on Virginia Lives Online.” Anne E. Bromely. UVA Today. September 25, 2014

Pimping the Stripes: When Institutions Use PR to Avoid the Radical Work of Diversity and Inclusion.” A.D. Carson. August 29, 2018.

How Colleges Confront Their Racist Pasts.”  23, 2018

Are You Supporting White Supremacy?” Reshmi Dutt-Ballerstadt. Inside Higher Ed. January 12, 2018

Unquoting Jefferson: A UVA petition against quoting Thomas Jefferson grabbed headlines. Here’s the story behind them.” S. Richard Gard, Jr. Virginia Magazine. Spring 2017

The United States is a Racist Monument, Tear it Down!” Danny Haiphong. Black Agenda Report. September 13, 2017

10 Signs Of Institutionalized Racism And The Rhetoric Of ‘Greatness’” Robin L. Hughes. The Huffington Post. June 10, 2017

The Myth of White Supremacy.” Noelle Hurd. The Hill. December 16, 2018

U.Va. faculty, students ask Sullivan not to quote Jefferson.” Karin Kapsidelis. November 14, 2016

A World Heritage Site, U.Va. Stays Historic, Modern and in Daily Use.” Matt Kelly. UVA Today. December 12, 2012

What would Jefferson say about white supremacists descending upon his university?” Ibram X. Kendi, Washington Post. August 13, 2017

Diversity Fatigue Is Real.”  23, 2018

Thomas Jefferson: Radical and Racist,” Connor Cruise O’Brien, The Atlantic. October, 1996

The Art of the Sentence: Thomas Jefferson,” Kiki Petrosino, Tin House. May 28, 2013

The commemoration of African-Americans is not enough.” Zari Taylor. The Cavalier Daily. February 22, 2018

Hero or Villain, Both and Neither: Appraising Thomas Jefferson, 200 years later.” Alan Taylor. Virginia Magazine. Winter 2018

Jefferson’s Shadow” Brendan Wolfe. 2017

Textbook Racism: How scholars sustained white supremacy.”  08, 2018

Jefferson’s Writings:

Notes on the State of Virginia. [Digital edition] John O’Brien and Brad Pasanek, editors, et al.

Political Writings. Thomas Jefferson. Cambridge University Press, 1999.

Writings. Thomas Jefferson and Merrill D Peterson. Viking Press, 1984

Thomas Jefferson to James Madison.” October, 28, 1785.Papers 8:681–82

Marbois’ Queries concerning Virginia.” November 30, 1780 [N.B. the queries to which Jefferson responds in Notes on the State of Virginia]

Writers on Jefferson:

“Thomas Jefferson’s Thoughts on the Negro: Part I.” Thomas Jefferson. The Journal of Negro History. Vol. 3, No. 1. Jan., 1918

“The Beginnings of the Miscegenation of the Whites and Blacks.” Carter G. Woodson. The Journal of Negro History. Vol. 3, No. 4. Oct., 1918

Anagnorisis: Poems. Kyle Dargan. TriQuarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2018

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Banneker, 19 August 1791.” Benjamin Banneker

Walker’s Appeal, in Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in Particular, and Very Expressly, to Those of the United States of America, Written in Boston, State of Massachusetts, September 28, 1829.” David Walker

See Also:

2018 Report, UVA’s President’s Commission on Slavery

Seeing White, Scene on Radio, Duke Documentary Studies

The Illusion of Progress: Charlottesville’s Roots in White Supremacy, James Perla, et. al.

University of Richmond Race and Racism Archive

Untold RVA