So we will never conclusively know. Both sides have an agenda in saying he IS or ISN'T the father. The black people want Sally Hemmings to be this caricature of Oprah from Color Purple when she was in fact a very educated, mulatto nanny. The other side wants to Thomas Jefferson to be elevated to sainthood. I tend to believe he did father children for Sally from what I have read in the past.
posted on 12/16/2003 11:37:37 AM PST
I tend to believe he did father children for Sally from what I have read in the past.
And how much of what you "have read in the past" is based on either sloppy transcription or outright academic fraud like the information described in the article?
I think there is a third side: one that neither seeks to elevate TJ to sainthood, nor to morph Hemmings into the image of some fictional character, but rather hopes to have the historical record left intact without politically correct revisionism.
posted on 12/16/2003 11:49:49 AM PST
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from what I have read in the past
Yeah, I tend to agree with you.
posted on 12/16/2003 11:51:56 AM PST
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a very educated, mulatto nanny
Those who knew her said she was about 12 years old mentally and emotionally.
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