Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"New Book Disputes Claim Jefferson Fathered Children Of Slave Hemings"

From the Washington Times:
In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it’s unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings‘ children, disputing a decade’s worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of his slaves.
The debate has ensnared historians for years, and many thought the issue was settled when DNA testing in the late 1990s confirmed that a Jefferson male fathered Hemings‘ youngest son, Eston. But, with one lone dissenter, the panel of 13 scholars doubted the claim and said the evidence points instead to Jefferson’s brother Randolph as the father.
The scholars also disputed accounts that said Hemings‘ children received special treatment from Jefferson, which some saw as evidence of a special bond between the third president and Hemings.
The Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings story was a smear job perpetrated by one of Mr. Jefferson's enemies,that modern, liberal, "tabloid", historians have picked up on to diminish Thomas Jefferson's stature in history,plain and simple.

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