''In fairness to all parties, some of the historians, researchers, writers, and freelance controversialists to have weighed in on the question have made significant contributions to our knowledge of an understandably sensitive subject. Robert F. Turner in his meticulous and fair-minded 'The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy,' for example, does yeoman service poking holes in some of the claims of what might be regarded as the pro-Sally school, from Fawn Brodie to Annette Gordon-Reed. Turner's is a long-overdue corrective, worthy of respect and serious consideration.'' --Alan Pell Crawford, author, ''Twilight at Monticello: The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson''
''...the report provides a valuable documentary history, useful as much for what it suggests about the Jefferson-Hemings controversy as for its value for historiographical analysis. Summing Up: Recommended. For all research libraries, lower-level undergraduate and above.'' --J.D. Smith, CHOICE Magazine April 2012, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
''...Robert Turner's 'The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy: Report of the Scholars Commission' (2011)...presents a substantial argument for the position that Hemings's paternity is still unknown.'' --Alan Pell Crawford, Wall Street Journal, Sat., April 14, 2012, p. C8
About the Author
Robert Turner is Associate Director of the Center for National Security Law at University of Virginia School of Law.