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Anatomy of a Scandal: The Thomas Jefferson & the Sally Story Paperback – April, 2002
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REBECCA L. MCMURRY AND JAMES F. MCMURRY, JR.
WHITE MANE PUBLISHING, 2002
QUALITY SOFTCOVER, $19.95, 204 PAGES, PHOTOGRAPHS, ILLUSTRATIONS, NOTES, BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX
This book is a long awaited and well researched expose of the Martha Jefferson-Sally Hemings half-sister legend. It is a favorite claim of the paternity students that John Wayles, father of Martha Jefferson, also was the father of Sally Hemings. Although no interaction between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings has ever been shown, the Wayles legend is grounds for the argument that Jefferson must have been attracted to Hemings because she was his dead wife's sister. The legend must be taken on faith because the only reference to it is an 1805 newspaper article, appearing more than thirty years after Wayles' death.
The rumors and political slandering of Thomas Jefferson began with early political enemies of Jefferson, some fired from office or denied office due to malfeasance orusuitability. The scandalmonger reporter, James T. Callender, was most notorious for his campaign lies that Thomas Jefferson had fathered children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. These slandering efforts were continued by Samuel Wetmore in the now famous Madison Hemings interview in Pike County, Ohio. The authors carefully examine the inaccuracies in these newspapers stories and demonstrate the fallacy in relying on them as an historical basis that Thomas Jefferson was the father of any of the children of Sally Hemings.
Lt. Colonel Robert A. Lynn, Florida Guard
Recent evaluations of these misleading findings of the Jefferson-Hemings DNA Study of 1998 and the resultant sensationalist media coverage, would lead one to believe that Thomas Jefferson is guilty of fathering Hemings children. Nothing could be further from the truth as reported in the Jefferson Scholars Commission Report, a blue ribbon panel of thirteen prominent professors, released April 12, 2001. The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society has links to the full S.C. report.
The authors have long researched all the material and have personally visited many of the covered sites. There are many excellent references cited and for all who wish to keep current on the Jefferson-Hemings controversy should read this book and also the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society book, "The Jefferson-Hemings Myth, An American Travesty."
Anatomy of a Scandal: Thomas Jefferson & the Sally Story