Lectures > Clarence Walker
OUSD Teaching American History Grant, Summer Institute, UC Berkeley
Berkeley, California, Wednesday, June 18, 2003

“Alternative Parents, Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemmings:    
Rethinking the Racial Origins of the American Republic”

Clarence Walker, Department of History
University of California, Davis

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Clarence Walker link is Professor of History at University of California, Davis. Educated at University of California Berkeley, his publications include: We Can't Go Home Again: An Argument About Afrocentrism, "Asante’s Aposteori” in Chretien, Fauvelle, and Perrot, Afrocentrisme: Histoire, Memoire, Identities , Recomposee’s, “Denial Is Not A River In Egypt: Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson” in History, Memory, and Civic Culture , Edited By Jan Lewis and Peter Onuf, and “If Everybody was a King, who Built the Pyramids?: Afrocentrism and Black American History,” in Emerging Structures, ed., Rudi Keller and Karl Menges. Recently he served as academic advisor to the PBS American Experience television series : Reconstruction: The Second Civil War (2004).


  • North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920 (includes Mahommah G. Baquaqua, Olaudah Equiano, Harriet Jacobs, Venture Smith and more) Published by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. http://docsouth.unc.edu/neh/neh.html

  • C. Walker booklist pdf file which includes following titles:

    • George Fredrickson, The Black Image in the White Mind: The Debate on African-American Character and Destiny, 1817-1914 (New York: Harper & Row, 1971, reprint 1986)

    • Michael P. Johnson and James L. Roark, Black Masters: A Free Family of Color in the Old South (New York: Norton, 1984) more about this book

    • Thomas R. Frazier, ed., Readings in African-American History, 3rd edition (Belmont, CA: Wadsworth/Thomson Learning, 2001)

    • Herbert Aptheker, ed., A Documentary History of the Negro People in the United States, Vol. 1 (New York: Citadel, 1st ed 1951, 1994)

    • Annette Gordon-Reed, Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1997) more about this book

    • Henry Louis Gates, Jr, ed., The Classic Slave Narratives (New York: 1987) including:
      • Harriet A. Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself (Boston: 1861, many editions available)
      • Olaudah Equiano, The Interesting Narrative (Great Britain, 1789, many versions available)

    • Venture Smith, A Narrative of the Life and Adventures of Venture, A Native of Africa and Resident Above Sixty Years in the United States of America (New London, CT: C. Holt, 1798)

    • Melton A. McLaurin, ed., Celia: a Slave (Athens, GA: 1991)

    • Paul Lovejoy and Robin Law, eds., The Biography of Mahommah Gardo Baquaqua: His Passage from Slavery to Freedom in Africa and America (Princeton: 2001)

    • Valerie Martin, Property (New York: Doubleday, 2003)

    • Philip Roth, The Human Stain (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000)

    • Kate Chopin, “Desirées Baby,” in The Awakening (Chicago: 1899, reprint New York: Norton, 1976)

    • Lalita Tademy, Cane River (New York: Warner Brooks, 2001)