Reclamation by White





Gayle Jessup White’s account of her battle to prove her family’s claim that they are descendants of Thomas Jefferson is never less than fascinating.

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Review of ‘Reclamation’

Gayle Jessup White’s multilayered autobiography, Reclamation: Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson, and a Descendant’s Search for Her Family’s Lasting Legacy, is divided into three parts. The first, most directly autobiographical part of Reclamation offers a fascinating look at Black life in a prosperous neighborhood in Washington, D.C., during the 1960s and ’70s—a neighborhood that has since…

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