9780813916989

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy

ISBN 10: 0813916984 / 0-8139-1698-4
ISBN 13: 9780813916989
Publisher: Univ of Virginia Pr
Publication Date: 1997
Binding: Hardcover
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Rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings have circulated for two centuries. It remains, among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, perhaps the most hotly contested topic. With "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings", Annette Gordon-Reed promises to intensify this ongoing debate asshe identifies glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence. She has assembled a fascinating and convincing argument: not that the alleged thirty-eight-year liaison necessarily took place but rather that the evidence for its taking place has been denied a fair hearing. Friends of Jefferson sought to debunk the Hemings story as early as 1800, and most subsequenthistorians and biographers have followed suit, finding the affair unthinkable based upon their view of Jefferson's life, character, and beliefs. Gordon-Reed responds to these critics by pointing out numerous errors and prejudices in their writings, ranging from inaccurate citations, to impossible time lines, to virtual exclusions of evidence--especially evidence concerning the Hemings family. She demonstrates how these scholars may have been misguided by their own biases and may even have tailored evidence to serve and preserve their opinions of Jefferson. Possessing both a layperson's unfettered curiosity and a lawyer's logical mind, Annette Gordon-Reed writes with a style and compassion that are irresistible. Each chapter revolves around a key figure in the Hemings drama, and the resulting portraits are engrossing and very personal..Gordon-Reed also brings a keen intuitive sense of the psychological complexities of human relationships--relationships that, in the real world, often develop regardless of status or race. The most compelling element of all, however, is her extensive and careful research, which often allowsthe evidence to speak for itself. "Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings" is a controversial new look at a centuries-old question that should fascinate general readers and historians alike. It promises to be the definitive word on the subject for years to come.


Review:

"Gordon-Reed is a scrupulous investigator..."

Sean Wilentz, New Republic, 03/10/1997

Review:

"Her clarity persuades us to keep our minds open until DNA testing can settle the argument."

New Yorker, 04/07/1997

 

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