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Who Was Thomas Jefferson? Paperback – July 28, 2003
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This author spends five pages reporting on the Jefferson-Hemings controversy and gets it wrong in most instances.
* There is NO proof that Thomas Jefferson's wife and Sally Henings were half sisters as Mr. Fradin claims (see McMurry book, "Anatomy of a Scandal."
* There is NO information anywhere that Jefferson began a relationship with Sally except an unproven claim by Madison Hemings who has been found to be inaccurate on several claims such as his naming.......FALSE. here is also NO proof that Thomas and Sally became fond of each other as Mr. Fradin claims. He also claims a forty year relationship which is unprovable.
* He states that in 1789, Sally Hemings became pregnant and Thomas Jefferson was the father. If Mr. Fradin had cared to research the facts he would have found that the original Callender Campaign Lie of September 1802 was DISPROVEN by the DNA Study. There was NO match of the DNA between Jefferson and Tom Woodson, the subject of the James Callender lie.
* Mr. Fradin says that over the next nineteen years they had six more children. There is absolutely NO proof of this. Not only that, it was over five years after they had returned to Monticello before ANY registered child for Sally was made. Only one Hemings descendant was DNA tested, HOW could Mr. Fradin make his outrageous claims. How can we be sure that his several other children books are accurate? Mr. Fradin your are remiss in distributing false and inaccurate information for our youthful readers.
I recommend that the books listed on the above mentioned web pages be read regarding the Jefferson-Hemings Controversy.
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History best remembers Jefferson as the author of The Declaration of Independence, a governor of Virginia Colony, minister to France. Secretary of State in Washington's first administration, vice-president to John Adams, and finally our 3rd President.
All of the above are mileposts in his accomplishments but the true interest lies in the details. Jefferson opened up the White House to members of congress including friends as well as foes. He was interactive with truly the great men of the early revolution. Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, John Hancock, James Madison, John Monroe and many more founding fathers, He initiated the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and finally he retired to his home at Monticello. He founded, along with James Madison The University in Virginia.
Jefferson loved the arts. He played the violin and loved to dance. He read the classics with great appetite.. Architecture was his love and many of the plants at Monticello today were planted by Jefferson many decades ago. He was very learned and serious in his endeavors. He died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing Of The Declaration Of Independence. Fittingly enough he died on July 4th.
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Though concise, this is a great read for children seven to eleven years old who are interested in American history. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Robert M. Green
My elementary school age son picked Thomas Jefferson for his biography project this year and his teacher recommended this book. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Colossus Sam
Good book, fast shipping, nice quick review of Jefferson's life. Perfect for our homeschool. Large type, pictures, and short chapters make it an easy read. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Lisa Loo
I'm 10 years old in 5 grade👍🏻, it gave me a better understanding of Thomas Jefferson after my trip to D.C. And going to the museums there.Published 5 months ago by Melissa
This is a great series for 8-10 year olds. Better several small books than one big one!Published 5 months ago by James F. Ramaley
I like many others who had read this book, quickly learn that the author has not only taken literary license to embellish many of the things about Thomas Jefferson, but some of the... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Mark Pounders