Lecture Description

While DNA evidence emerged in the late 1990s seeming to confirm centuries-old rumors and family stories that Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings had children together, for some, the historical truth of that relationship remains controversial. This lecture discusses how the story first came to be told during the lifetimes of Jefferson and Hemings, the nature of the historical evidence, the treatment over time of that evidence by historians, and where the story stands today among historians and in the popular imagination.


General and Historiography Jefferson

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