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Report on the Jefferson-Hemings Matter to the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society, Thomas Jefferson Foundation and the Monticello Association. 12 April 2001: Volume One

Jefferson Hemings Scholars Commission
Advance draft copy / embargoed for release until Thursday, 12 April 2001, 3:00 PM EST
  • Scholars Commission Report
  • Minority report
  • Individual views of Professor Robert F. Turner, joined by Professor Alf J. Mapp, Jr., Professor David N. Mayer, Professor Forrest McDonald and Professor Thomas Traut.: Introduction. Understanding the DNA evidence linking Eston Hemings to Thomas Jefferson's cousins. The enigmatic Sally Hemings: so few facts, so much fantasy and speculation. James Thomson Callender and the origins of the 1802 Jefferson-Hemings scandal. Madison Hemings' 1873 "memoirs" in the Pike County Republican. Thomas Jefferson's visitation patterns to Monticello and their correlation with Sally Hemings' conceptions. The alleged "extraordinary privileges" given to Sally Hemings and her children. The physical resemblance of some of Sally Hemings' children to Thomas Jefferson. Reassessing the oral tradition of Sally Hemings' descendants. Miscellaneous arguments supporting Thomas Jefferson's paternity of Sally Hemings' children. Revisionist arguments reconsidered: evidence too quickly dismissed? The "silent hounds" and other issues ignored by most revisionist scholars.
[1], iii, 410 leaves ; 28 cm.
Includes bibliographical footnotes.
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SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original paper covers, with plastic "comb" spine. Byrd Fund, 2012/2013.
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