Advance Praise for In Defense of Thomas Jefferson
“The case [Hyland] makes is persuasive and in my view well presented, and it’s a historically important project.”—Peter Rodman, Senior Fellow, Brookings Institution, and author of Presidential Command: Power, Leadership, and the Making of Foreign Policy from Richard Nixon to George W. Bush
“[Hyland’s] approach to the alleged Jefferson-Hemings relationship is ingenious and he has made what I judge to be an irrefutable case.”—Professor Forrest McDonald, History Professor (Emeritus), University of Alabama, and National Endowment for the Humanities, 16th Jefferson Lecturer in the Humanities, author of The Presidency of Thomas Jefferson and The American Presidency: An Intellectual History
“Hyland’s well-written book is a breath of fresh air.… In the courtroom where undocumented speculation and hearsay are not allowed, Jefferson will receive a fair trial.”—W. McKenzie Wallenborn, M.D., president of the Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society and Clinical Professor (Ret.), University of Virginia School of Medicine
“As a practicing civil litigator and former prosecutor, Hyland casts a critical lawyer’s eye over the two-hundred-year old question of whether Thomas Jefferson had a romantic, sexual liaison with his servant Sally Hemings. Using what would be acceptable in a court of law as his standard for accuracy, Hyland painstakingly separates revisionist ideology from historical accuracy. In page after page, Hyland dissects just how evidence was manipulated to reach a predetermined yet utterly false verdict of guilty. Thankfully, Hyland’s book once and for all---in a convincingly unemotional fashion---clearly establishes that not Thomas Jefferson, but rather his brother Randolph or one of Randolph’s sons, was the father of Sally Hemings’s children.”—John Works Jr., former president of the Monticello Association
“A well-written and provocative lawyer’s brief challenging the popular story that Thomas Jefferson fathered a child by his household slave Sally Hemings. Hyland has assembled a mass of forensic evidence to refute the saga much favored by revisionist historians and novelists, who were building on the testimonies of Jefferson’s political enemies from his own lifetime. Like the litigation attorney he is, Hyland argues a formidable case before a jury---readers trying to reach a verdict.”—Peter Grose, former executive editor at The New York Times and Foreign Affairs and author of Operation Rollback: America’s Secret War Behind the Iron Curtain
“Hyland’s book is well researched with material from many sources. It is a powerful insight.… As assistant to Dr. Foster, the DNA study coordinator, I can reveal that the DNA proved only that the Hemings descendant had Jefferson DNA that supported their oral family claim that they descended from a ‘Jefferson uncle,’ meaning Randolph Jefferson.”—Herbert Barger, Jefferson family historian
The study results and additional research material would be used for a book that she was in the process of writing.
Readers of this book will have before them all the information they need--presented in a clear, cogent fashion--to reach their own conclusion about the issue at hand.
The DNA results show it was highly like Jefferson's brother or one of the nephews to be the father of Heming's child.
No scandal here. Certainly no love story. After all the evidence is in, it appears that some Hemings' descendants may be related to some descendants of the Jefferson family,... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Marvelous Mal
A balanced and thorough explanation of the Jefferson-Hemings controversy including a detailed analysis of the DNA results pointing to Jefferson's younger brother.Published 6 months ago by W. Hyland
Hyland makes a decent case that the lines of argument writers like Annette Gordon-Reed and Fawn Brodie use to "prove" Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings are... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Gene Rhea Tucker
For a lawyer to outline how this paternity allegation would be thrown out of court for numerous reasons really paints a clearer picture of what is really going on with the... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Mark L
After many written and media offerings that carry obvious bias or work to prove pre-concieved conclusions, we have a book that is well researched, objective, and honest toward one... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Quentin M. Thomas
Great Book! Opened up a whole new possibility for me. I was very impressed with his research. Highly recommended for anyone seeking the truth.Published 15 months ago by Monica Hess
Gave this to my dh as a gift. He's studying Thomas Jefferson to be a guide at one of T.J.'s homes. Will add to his knowledge.Published 17 months ago by auntpitty
The interesting thing about this book is how it points out the omissions in the liberal press and the liberal academic establishment who had a field day with DNA results that they... Read morePublished 17 months ago by K. Oder
I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to know the real truth behind the rumors of this great man. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cheryl Clarke