By M. Andrew Holowchak
A penetrating serious viewpoint at the query of Thomas Jefferson's paternity that may make you reconsider fresh traditional wisdom.
It is authorised by way of such a lot students that Jefferson had a long affair together with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at the least one in all her teenagers, a end in keeping with a 1998 DNA examine released in Nature and at the paintings of historian Annette Gordon-Reed. Framing a Legend argues compellingly that the DNA facts is inconclusive and that there are notable flaws within the top old scholarship purporting to teach this type of liaison.
Author M. Andrew Holowchak critically examines recognized books via Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Andrew Burstein, labeling their perspectives as "three famous spins." He then delves into what we all know approximately Thomas Jefferson's personality, exhibiting that the old evidence don't recommend any romantic curiosity on Jefferson's half in his girl slaves. Turning to the genetic facts, Holowchak issues out that, notwithstanding DNA research exhibits the presence of a Y-chromosome from a few Jefferson male within the Hemings kin line, it really is unwarranted to finish that this should have come from Thomas Jefferson.
Finally, he discusses Jefferson's racial attitudes and says that they argue opposed to any liaison with Sally Hemings.
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Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings by M. Andrew Holowchak