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

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


A penetrating severe viewpoint at the query of Thomas Jefferson's paternity that would make you reconsider contemporary traditional wisdom.

It is accredited by way of such a lot students that Jefferson had a long affair together with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered not less than considered one of her youngsters, a end in response to a 1998 DNA examine released in Nature and at the paintings of historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Framing a Legend argues compellingly that the DNA facts is inconclusive and that there are extraordinary flaws within the prime ancient scholarship purporting to teach any such liaison.

Author M. Andrew Holowchak critically examines recognized books by means of Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Andrew Burstein, labeling their perspectives as "three favorite spins." He then delves into what we all know approximately Thomas Jefferson's personality, exhibiting that the ancient evidence don't recommend any romantic curiosity on Jefferson's half in his lady slaves. Turning to the genetic facts, Holowchak issues out that, notwithstanding DNA research shows the presence of a Y-chromosome from a few Jefferson male within the Hemings kin line, it really is unwarranted to finish that this should have come from Thomas Jefferson.

Finally, he discusses Jefferson's racial attitudes and says that they argue opposed to any liaison with Sally Hemings.

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