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

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A penetrating critical perspective on the question of Thomas Jefferson's paternity that will make you rethink recent conventional wisdom.

It is accepted by most scholars that Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children, a conclusion based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Framing a Legend argues compellingly that the DNA evidence is inconclusive and that there are remarkable flaws in the leading historical scholarship purporting to show such a liaison.

Author M. Andrew Holowchak critically examines well-known books by Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Andrew Burstein, labeling their views as "three prominent spins." He then delves into what we know about Thomas Jefferson's character, showing that the historical facts do not suggest any romantic interest on Jefferson's part in his female slaves. Turning to the genetic evidence, Holowchak points out that, though DNA analysis indicates the presence of a Y-chromosome from some Jefferson male in the Hemings family line, it is unwarranted to conclude that this must have come from Thomas Jefferson.

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

About the Author

M. Andrew Holowchak (Lindenwold, NJ) is assistant professor of philosophy at Rider University. He is the author of Dutiful Correspondent: Philosophical Essays on Thomas Jefferson, seventeen other books on philosophy, critical thinking, and psychoanalysis, and numerous articles in scholarly journals.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781616147297
Author:
Holowchak, M Andrew
Publisher:
Prometheus Books
Author:
Holowchak, Mark
Author:
Holowchak, M. Andrew
Subject:
US History-Revolution and Constitution Era
Subject:
United States / Revolutionary Period (1775-1800)
Subject:
World history -- Historiography.
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
275
Dimensions:
9.27 x 6.32 x 1.07 in 1.04 lb

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Biography » Presidents and Heads of State
History and Social Science » Politics » General
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » General
History and Social Science » US History » Presidents » Jefferson, Thomas
History and Social Science » US History » Revolution and Constitution Era
History and Social Science » World History » Historiography
Reference » Science Reference » General
Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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