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The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission
     

The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission

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by Robert F. Turner (Editor)
 

In 2000, the newly formed Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society asked a group of more than a dozen senior scholars from across the country to carefully examine all of the evidence for and against the allegations that Thomas Jefferson fathered one or more children by Sally Hemings, one of his slaves, and to issue a public report. In April 2001, after a year of study,

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In 2000, the newly formed Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society asked a group of more than a dozen senior scholars from across the country to carefully examine all of the evidence for and against the allegations that Thomas Jefferson fathered one or more children by Sally Hemings, one of his slaves, and to issue a public report. In April 2001, after a year of study, the Scholars Commission issued the most detailed report to date on the issue. With but a single mild dissent, the views of the distinguished panel ranged from "serious skepticism" to a conviction that the allegation was "almost certainly false." This volume, edited by Scholars Commission Chairman Robert F. Turner, includes the "Final Report"—essentially a summary of arguments and conclusions—as it was released to the press on April 12, 2001. However, several of the statements of individual views—which collectively total several hundred carefully footnoted pages and constitute the bulk of the book—have been updated and expanded to reflect new insights or evidence since the report was initially released.

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ISBN-13:
9780890890851
Publisher:
Carolina Academic Press
Publication date:
09/10/2011
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 10.20(h) x 1.30(d)

Meet the Author

Editor Robert Turner is Associate Director of the Center for National Security Law at University of Virginia.

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The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
66Chip More than 1 year ago
Scholarship at its best. It is comprehensive and compelling, but easy to read. Teaching wrong history is worse than teaching no history. This book should shatter the certainty of a popular myth about Jefferson.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish this book had been better publicized. It's fascinating. I feel very sorry that Thomas Jefferson's named was raked through the mud over DNA evidence that actually pointed away from him being the father of Eston Hemings. Likely he was not the father of any of her children and likely he had no relationship other than master/slave. It's unfortunate and sad the DNA evidence was used against one of our founding fathers.