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Holowchak, Mark, 1958-
Framing a legend : exposing the distorted history of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings / M. Andrew Holowchak
Alternate Title Exposing the distorted history of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, c2013
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 3rd Floor  E332.2 .H663 2013    AVAILABLE
Subject Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Relations with women
Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826 -- Relations with slaves
Hemings, Sally
Subject(s) Paternity testing -- United States -- Case studies
Physical Description 296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. 267-290) and index
Contents Foreword / Professor Robert F. Turner -- Preface -- pt. 1. THREE PROMINENT SPINS : -- Mining Jefferson's ore: Jefferson's forbidden females -- Controlling the discourse: Cutting down Jefferson to size -- Rationalizations and secrets: Jefferson's affair of convenience -- pt. 2: UNFRAMING THE LEGEND : -- The "tiresome" argument from character: A defense of moral impossibility -- High priests of the moral temple: Shifty science and "Aesopian history" -- A "convenient defect of vision": Jefferson's view of Blacks -- Appendix A: A transcript of Callender's 1802 article: "The President Again," by James Thomson Callender, in The Recorder; or, Lady's and Gentleman's Miscellany, Published September 1, 1802 in Richmond, Virginia -- Appendix B: A transcript of Madison Heming's account -- Appendix C: Last will and testament of Thomas Jefferson
Subject "It is accepted by most scholars that Thomas Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children. This conclusion is based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette Gordon-Reed, assumed by many to be the last word on the subject. But as author M. Andrew Holowchak argues compellingly in this eye-opening investigation, the DNA evidence is inconclusive and there are remarkable flaws in the leading historical scholarship purporting to show such a liasion." -- Book jacket

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