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Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture (Jeffersonian America)

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The publication of DNA test results showing that Thomas Jefferson was probably the father of one of his slave Sally Hemings's children has sparked a broad but often superficial debate. The editors of this volume have assembled some of the most distinguished American historians, including three Pulitzer Prize winners, and other experts on Jefferson, his times, race, and sla ...more
Paperback, 280 pages
Published October 29th 1999 by University of Virginia Press (first published October 22nd 1999)
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Apr 02, 2012 Phillip rated it it was ok
Meh. I read some of the essays in this book for a project I don't particularly want to do for a class I'm not getting much out of, but am required to take.
Basically, the project is going to be looking at the stories people told about Sally Hemings before the 1998 DNA evidence that Jefferson fathered some of her children. I am not interested in TJ or early American studies, so this project, and therefore this book did not interest me.

However, on a more objective note, the essays I read were fairl
Candace Lazzaro
This is a set of essays regarding *who else* but Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson. It's an interesting collection, looking at the mind set of the American South and the black slave, with a strong empathize on the relationship between Jefferson and Sally Hemings, his slave (who was also his dead-wife's half-sister.) Some of the essays were a bit hard to read, both in form and with the subject at hand, but coming from different authors gave much more depth to the "discussion" then having just on ...more
Oct 26, 2012 Marley rated it it was amazing
This is the second and maybe third time I've read this marvelous book, and I can't recommend it enough. The book is a collection of papers delivered in Charlottesville in 1999 and covers much much more than Jefferson and Hemings. It's about the role or race, culture in the US and the myths we live by. Each essay is a gem. It's hard to pick one that stands out, but Jack Rakov's Our Jefferson may be it. If I could give it 6 stars I would.
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Oct 05, 2013 Rebecca Dunbar rated it it was amazing
Fantastic. An important and multifaceted analysis of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, and of what the paternity of Thomas Jefferson to Hemings' descendants means for American history and civic culture.
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