Reclamation by White

Amistad

9780063028654

STARRED REVIEW

Reclamation

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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