Are Blacks Full Citizens?: Q&A With Annette Gordon-Reed

This is why we can't expect race relations to change overnight. 
Obama's presidency can't solve everything.

Annette Gordon-Reed, a law professor at Harvard University and scholar on race, won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in history for "The Hemingses of Monticello: An American Family." In an earlier work, she meticulously researched that Thomas Jefferson had fathered Sally Hemmings's children, long a point of dispute among historians. She has also written a biography of President Andrew Johnson and his post-Civil War failures on racial reconciliation, and assisted Vernon Jordan, the prominent lawyer and former president of the National Urban League, in his memoirs. Last week, I had an e-mail exchange with her about race relations in the U.S. after the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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