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Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings : an American controversy

Author: Annette Gordon-Reed
Publisher: Charlottesville : University Press of Virginia, 1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Rumors of Thomas Jefferson's sexual involvement with his slave Sally Hemings have circulated for two centuries. It remains, among all aspects of Jefferson's renowned life, perhaps the most hotly contested topic. With Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings, Annette Gordon-Reed promises to intensify this ongoing debate as she identifies glaring inconsistencies in many noted scholars' evaluations of the existing evidence.  Read more...
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Named Person: Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Sally Hemings; Sally Hemings; Thomas Jefferson; Thomas Jefferson; Sally Hemings; Sally Hemings; Thomas Jefferson
Material Type: Biography, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Annette Gordon-Reed
ISBN: 0813916984 9780813916989 0813918332 9780813918334
OCLC Number: 35192332
Description: xx, 288 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Madison Hemings --
James Callender --
The Randolphs and the Carrs --
Thomas Jefferson --
Sally Hemings --
Summary of the evidence.
Responsibility: Annette Gordon-Reed.
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