Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

Framing a Legend Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings A penetrating critical perspective on the question of Thomas Jefferson s paternity that will make you rethink recent conventional wisdom It is accepted by most scholars that Jefferson had a lengthy af

  • Title: Framing a Legend: Exposing the Distorted History of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
  • Author: M. Andrew Holowchak
  • ISBN: 9781616147297
  • Page: 178
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A penetrating critical perspective on the question of Thomas Jefferson s paternity that will make you rethink recent conventional wisdom It is accepted by most scholars that Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children, a conclusion based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette GA penetrating critical perspective on the question of Thomas Jefferson s paternity that will make you rethink recent conventional wisdom It is accepted by most scholars that Jefferson had a lengthy affair with his slave Sally Hemings and fathered at least one of her children, a conclusion based on a 1998 DNA study published in Nature and on the work of historian Annette Gordon Reed Framing a Legend argues compellingly that the DNA evidence is inconclusive and that there are remarkable flaws in the leading historical scholarship purporting to show such a liaison.Author M Andrew Holowchak critically examines well known books by Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon Reed, and Andrew Burstein, labeling their views as three prominent spins He then delves into what we know about Thomas Jefferson s character, showing that the historical facts do not suggest any romantic interest on Jefferson s part in his female slaves Turning to the genetic evidence, Holowchak points out that, though DNA analysis indicates the presence of a Y chromosome from some Jefferson male in the Hemings family line, it is unwarranted to conclude that this must have come from Thomas Jefferson Finally, he discusses Jefferson s racial attitudes and says that they argue against any liaison with Sally Hemings.

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    • Here's my review of "Framing a Legend," by Rutgers Prof. M. Andrew Holowchak (Prometheus Books, 2013), who makes every effort to debunk the growing evidence that Thomas Jefferson fathered the children of his slave Sally Hemings. I read the book with an open mind, because I would like to be on his side on this issue, but after reading his book and comparing his rebuttal with the main points made by a whole host of historians (see monticello/site/planta), I tend to side with the new thesis that Je [...]


    • Teddy Roosevelt said "true teachers of history must tell the facts of history". He disqualified anyone who perverts the truth. Prof. Holowchak was pretty much drummed Annette Gordon-Reed right out of the profession, and rightly so. The author has taken every part of Gordon-Reed's argument that Jefferson fathered the children of Sally Hemings and has held it up to the bright light of honest, unbiased research. Not only does Gordon-Reed fail as a researcher, but it becomes clear that her agenda-dr [...]


    • Framing a Legend, one of the silliest things I’ve read, is a book-length diatribe castigating those writers (specifically three of them) who support the theory that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings’ children. Using complicated mathematics, probability statistics and obscure multisyllabic terms, he consistently overstates his case, making anything after the first three chapters shrill, boring, and repetitious.I don’t subscribe unconditionally to the Jefferson-Hemings affair, in spite [...]



    • Do you, like me, have that family member, or neighbor, or co-worker that likes to talk politics, and maybe you agree with their point of view, but they say it such an angry, bitter, unpleasant manner that you instinctively want to disagree with them? That was my reaction after reading this book. I tend to agree with the author that the Jefferson-Hemmings affair likely never happened, but the prose is so snarky and rude and condescending that I couldn't wait to get this over with and rinse the na [...]


    • Professor Holowchak does a better job than the Gordon-Reed camp at examining the data objectively. He admits that the alleged liaison could have occurred, that it is impossible to be sure and that his opinion is that it probably did not. He does rip those historians who cherry pick evidence to support their desired outcome. I think some should not be allowed to call themselves historians as their analysis is so flimsy and easily shown to be flawed.Having read about a dozen books on this subject, [...]


    • This book is a mess, and the case it makes is fundamentally flawed and meaningless. The point is to say that maybe Thomas Jefferson didn't have any kids with Sally Hemmings, and somehow that makes him more moral or something? The vehemence with which the book is written is like that of someone trying to clear their name of a crime. They violently attack the works of other historians with triades that make the disagreements seem way more personal than academic. I'm well versed in historical contr [...]


    • Rumors that Thomas Jefferson fathered children with Sally Hemings, an enslaved black woman, began in 1802 and continued throughout Jefferson’s life. That premise has become widely accepted by scholars and by the Thomas Jefferson Foundation.Framing a Legend, a 2013 analysis by Dr. M. Andrew Holowchak, mounts a thought-provoking defense of Jefferson. His most convincing point is that a DNA study was done on descendants of only one of Sally Hemings’ children. It indicates that a close relative [...]


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