Monday, May 05, 2008

Thomas Jefferson & Sally Hemings: Fact or Fiction

Due to a DNA link between the Jefferson and Hemings families, the allegations first raised during the third President's lifetime that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with slave Sally Hemings have now been widely accepted.

But they have not been completely accepted. Skeptics correctly point out that the DNA evidence links the families, but not Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson directly.

For a rather impressive, scholarly refutation of the alleged Hemings-Jefferson affair, follow this link.

I would ask that you not post your opinion here, until you've at least reviewed the David N. Mayer article linked above. If you disagree with Professor Mayer, that is your right. But we should all strive for informed opinions, especially on controversial subjects such as this one.

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