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Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

M. Andrew Holowchak
Format
Book
Published
Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2013.
Language
English
ISBN
9781616147297 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 1616147296 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 9781616147303 (ebook), 161614730X (ebook)
Summary
"It is accepted by most acholars 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.
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
  • "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.
Description
296 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Local Notes
SPECIAL COLLECTIONS: Original white boards; dust jacket. Robert and Virginia Tunstall Trust Fund, 2012/2013.
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