Mongrel Nation

Mongrel Nation

The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings

eBook - 2009
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Lost in the argument over the existence of a sexual relationship between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings are equally urgent quesitons about a history that is more complex, both sexually and socially, than most of us realise. The author seeks to uncover this complexity, as well as the reasons it is so often obscured.
Publisher: Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009
ISBN: 9780813929859
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xii, 128 pages)


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Dec 13, 2010

A better title would've been preferred but this is an important book. There is a distinction between what actually happened and the history that's written about it and that difference is fully examined in this book. Previously American history was written by white men and they ignored women, Native Americans, and blacks. Contemporary historians have gone back to retrieve "lost history" and rewrite the old narratives that left out so much. The example here is obviously Thomas Jefferson's many-year relationship with one of his slaves after Jefferson's wife died. Sally Hemings gave birth to at least two of Jefferson's children. This country was never all-white even when our recorded history acted like it was. This is an important correction.

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