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Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings (Jeffersonian America)

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The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of "Did they or didn't they?" But lost in the argument over the existence of such a relationship are equally urgent questions about a history that is more complex, both sexually and culturally, than most of us realize. Mongrel Nation seeks to uncover this complexity, as we ...more
Hardcover, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2009 by University of Virginia Press (first published December 25th 2008)
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Marissa Morrison
Jul 06, 2013 Marissa Morrison rated it really liked it
Walker tries to look objectively at the Jefferson-Hemings relationship. He points out that the primary defense of Jefferson--that such a great man wouldn't have done this despicable thing--is a non-argument. Aside from DNA, the greatest evidence for Jefferson's paternity is the fact that Jefferson was at Monticello nine months before each of Hemings's deliveries.

Walker notes that Hemings not only looked pretty darn white but she also probably resembled Jefferson's deceased wife/her half sister.
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Kade Worry
I had to read this book for my U.S. History class. I was excited to read it at first but the deeper I got into the book the more and more disappointed I felt. I looked forward to a history detailing the Thomas Jefferson-Sally Hemings affair only to find that there is no conclusive evidence to support that Jefferson fathered a mixed race baby. Not a big deal however, the majority of the book was a professor lecturing how it would be beneficial for everyone to accept the affair as the true ...more
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Jun 27, 2009 Amy rated it liked it
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Walker argues that maybe the time has come for our nation to consider Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings as the father and mother of our nation rather than George and Martha Washington. If we did, we could acknowledge our nation's mixed racial heritage. This thought-provoking book made me consider race and gender relations in America's past and present. I consider it a must-read for anyone who cares about these issues and wants increased insight about them.
Sandy D.
If you have high tolerance for academic jargon, this is an interesting read. It's all about American slavery, racism, and miscegenation, and how (very) much European ancestry modern African-Americans have. If you like "Finding Your Roots" you might also enjoy this.
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