In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

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Macmillan, Jun 9, 2009 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The belief that Thomas Jefferson had an affair and fathered a child (or children) with slave Sally Hemings---and that such an allegation was proven by DNA testing—has become so pervasive in American popular culture that it is not only widely accepted but taught to students as historical fact. But as William G. Hyland Jr. demonstrates, this "fact" is nothing more than the accumulation of salacious rumors and irresponsible scholarship over the years, much of it inspired by political grudges, academic opportunism, and the trend of historical revisionism that seeks to drag the reputation of the Founding Fathers through the mud. In this startling and revelatory argument, Hyland shows not only that the evidence against Jefferson is lacking, but that in fact he is entirely innocent of the charge of having sexual relations with Hemings.

Historians have the wrong Jefferson. Hyland, an experienced trial lawyer, presents the most reliable historical evidence while dissecting the unreliable, and in doing so he cuts through centuries of unsubstantiated charges. The author reminds us that the DNA tests identified Eston Hemings, Sally's youngest child, as being merely the descendant of a "Jefferson male." Randolph Jefferson, the president's wayward, younger brother with a reputation for socializing among the Monticello slaves, emerges as the most likely of several possible candidates. Meanwhile, the author traces the evolution of this rumor about Thomas Jefferson back to the allegation made by one James Callendar, a "drunken ruffian" who carried a grudge after unsuccessfully lobbying the president for a postmaster appointment---and who then openly bragged of ruining Jefferson's reputation. Hyland also delves into Hemings family oral histories that go against the popular rumor, as well as the ways in which the Jefferson rumors were advanced by less-than-historical dramas and by flawed scholarly research often shaped by political agendas.

Reflecting both a layperson's curiosity and a lawyer's precision, Hyland definitively puts to rest the allegation of the thirty-eight-year liaison between Jefferson and Hemings. In doing so, he reclaims the nation's third president from the arena of Hollywood-style myth and melodrama and gives his readers a unique opportunity to serve as jurors on this enduringly fascinating episode in American history.

 

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Truth at last on the Jefferson-Hemings DNA Study

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Mr. Hyland has written an excellent definitive in-depth book telling, ALL of the maneuverings by politically correct authors and foundations. He skillfully names names, foundations, and media who for ... Read full review

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once again the system of "white supremacy' is covering up the taboo of "night walking" as they called it in those treacherous and scandalous times of this countries history, that is the 450 years of African enslavement by the Europeans and Jews who ran the Trans-Atlantic Slave trade. The modern day recount of history is jaded and has been changed to hide what was real. So what was real? Well the negro in this country was then and is considered "1/8th" of a person. According to social scientist William Lynch it was up to the "slave owner" to " breed into" the negro woman, those characteristics that would make her more pliable, and agreeable. The Slave owners, and the dictates of the Southern Church of that era called "night-walking and abhorable practice no decent christian man would ever employ". Yet William Lynch a devout Christian in his famous "Lynch letter" stated that in order to subject the mind of the negro male, he must "take his woman from him, make him appear in his woman's eyes a source of ZERO protection from anything you may subject her too" Which included raping the negro female " an animal" in front of the male, and often in front of their children. So then in the movie "Good Bye Uncle Tom" the depiction of William Lynch is quite vivid, as he fondles little African girls and makes bed wenches out of 13 year old African girls barely into their womanhood, and had "rape stations" . Watch the movie. I digress. This system of "sweep under the rug" white supremacist history mangling is ever in print, conditioning the minds of those who believe Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and the rest of the slave owning, slave raping presidents were models of stateliness. Did you all know that it is documented by noted white historian Arnold Toybeen that George Washington...yes your famous president is documented as having died from pneumonia contracted from washing in a cold lake, after raping the slave women, to remove the "stench of his crime" from his body?? ITS IN THE HISTORY BOOKS, the real ones, not this system of "white is pure and can do no wrong" that is presently in place and has been in place for so very long, and too long.
THIS BOOK IS A FARCE, THE AUTHOR IS TRYING TO PROTECT THE SYSTEM OF WHITE SUPREMACY THAT VIEWED NEGROES AS ANIMALS AND "GORILLAS" AND YET THE WHITE MALE SLAVE OWNERS CONTINUALLY RAPED, AND MOLESTED THE NEGRO WOMEN...THERE ARE 100'S OF THOUSAND OF STORIES, THOUSANDS DOCUMENTED, PICTURES OF BABIES BEING SNATCHED FROM THEIR MOTHERS WOMBS BY EVIL FIELD HANDS...YES..THIS BOOK IS A COVER UP FARCE OF THE REALITY THAT JEFFERSON, RAPED HIS SLAVES!( YES RAPED, BECAUSE A "WHITE SOUTHERNER" THE PRIDE OF DIXIE CAN NOT LOWER HIMSELF TO CAVORT SEXUALLY WITH THE SLAVE WOMEN, IT WAS INDECENT (HA)....NOT IN ANY MANNER! THAT WAS THE LAW!! yeah right...LAW's THAT CALLED HUMANS "PROPERTY" AND SOLD BABIES TO EVIL MEN) YES HE RAPED BECAUSE NO CONSENSUAL RELATIONSHIP WITH "1/8TH" A PERSON WAS TOLERABLE. YET THROUGH DNA TESTING THE DESCENDANTS OF THIS EVIL MAN WERE REVEALED, AND THEY WERE/ARE BLACK WITH HIS DNA....hmmmmm???? AFFAIR? NO...RAPE IS MORE LIKE IT...
THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK SHOULD ABSOLUTELY BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF CAUSE HE KNOWS THE TRUTH AND PUT THIS BS OUT IN PRINT TO SUPPORT "WHITE IS RIGHT" AND THE "FOUNDING FATHER PERFECTIONIST" AGENDA...WHICH IS A PILE OF CRAP!!
 

Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
Acknowledgments
173
Appendices
175
Endnotes
215

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William G. Hyland, Jr., a native of Virginia, received his B.A. from the University of Alabama and a J.D. from Samford University's Cumberland School of Law. A former prosecutor, Hyland is a trial lawyer with over twenty-six years of litigation experience. His publications have appeared in the law journals of the University of Texas and University of Richmond, as well as in the American Journal of Trial Advocacy, including his article, "A Civil Action: Hemings v. Jefferson." Before law school, he worked with a Top Secret security clearance for the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency in Washington, D.C. Hyland serves on Florida's Judicial Nominating Commission and is a member of the Virginia and New York Historical Societies. He now lives and writes in Tampa Bay, Florida.

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