Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Question of Race: An Ongoing Debate

  title={Thomas Jefferson, Sally Hemings, and the Question of Race: An Ongoing Debate},
  author={Peter Nicolaisen},
  journal={Journal of American Studies},
  pages={99 - 118}
  • P. Nicolaisen
  • Published 1 April 2003
  • History
  • Journal of American Studies
Not many private relationships in history have received as much press attention in recent years as that between Thomas Jefferson and his slave Sally Hemings. First alleged in 1802 by the journalist James Callender, who based his account on stories that had been current in Virginia for some years, the affair has since then been debated both in the scholarly community and by the general public to an unparalleled degree. The results of the DNA tests on male descendants of the Jefferson and Hemings… 
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