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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 G
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Prometheus Books (first published January 1st 2013)
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Mark Skousen
Here's my review of "Framing a Legend," by Rutgers Prof. M. Andrew Holowchak (Prometheus Books, 2013), who makes every effort to debunk the growing evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered the children of his slave Sally Hemings. I read the book with an open mind, because I would like to be on his side on this issue, but after reading his book and comparing his rebuttal with the main points made by a whole host of historians (see, I tend to side with the ...more
Kathy  Petersen
Framing a Legend, one of the silliest things I’ve read, is a book-length diatribe castigating those writers (specifically three of them) who support the theory that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings’ children. Using complicated mathematics, probability statistics and obscure multisyllabic terms, he consistently overstates his case, making anything after the first three chapters shrill, boring, and repetitious.

I don’t subscribe unconditionally to the Jefferson-Hemings affair, in spite of it
Do you, like me, have that family member, or neighbor, or co-worker that likes to talk politics, and maybe you agree with their point of view, but they say it such an angry, bitter, unpleasant manner that you instinctively want to disagree with them?

That was my reaction after reading this book. I tend to agree with the author that the Jefferson-Hemmings affair likely never happened, but the prose is so snarky and rude and condescending that I couldn't wait to get this over with and rinse the na
Jo Butler
Rumors that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved black woman, began in 1802 and continued throughout Jefferson’s life. That premise has become widely accepted by scholars and by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.

Framing a Legend, a 2013 analysis by Dr. M. Andrew Holowchak, mounts a thought-provoking defense of Jefferson. His most convincing point is that a DNA study was done on descendants of only one of Sally Hemings’ children. It indicates that a close relative of J
Joe Bax.
Teddy Roosevelt said "true teachers of history must tell the facts of history". He disqualified anyone who perverts the truth. Prof. Holowchak was pretty much drummed Annette Gordon-Reed right out of the profession, and rightly so. The author has taken every part of Gordon-Reed's argument that Jefferson fathered the children of Sally Hemings and has held it up to the bright light of honest, unbiased research. Not only does Gordon-Reed fail as a researcher, but it becomes clear that her agenda-dr ...more
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