Recommended Books

Jefferson Vindicated

by Cynthia H. Burton and James A. Bear, Jr.

If you thought DNA proved President Jefferson fathered a child of his slave — think again! Fresh from Jefferson country, a local researcher sheds new light on the old legend. For the first time ever, the reader is introduced to the president’s younger brother, Randolph Jefferson, and his sons. New findings that focus on the infamous, yet inconclusive DNA; Jefferson’s health and his activities; accounts of witnesses; origin of the myth; and the possibility that Sally’s children were fathered by other men carrying the Jefferson Y chromosome are discussed. Numerous sources are examined in an attempt to resolve ambiguities and to determine relevance and credibility. The author follows the Hemingses in their trek west revealing little-known facts about an extraordinary family in their fulfillment of the “American dream.” Along with the most thorough examination of the Sally Hemings controversy to date, new discoveries and details are revealed as never before available to the general public. As the subtitle implies, this volume exposes “fallacies, omissions, and contradictions in the Hemings genealogical search.” This book is a must-have reference for everyone interested in the stories behind the headlines of a unique slave family and their relationship to a great American president. Continue reading from the News Release

Available for ordering on Amazon.com.


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The Jefferson-Hemings Myth

An American Travesty

by Eyler Robert Coates, Sr.

This book carefully examines the facts and finds that, contrary to the way the matter has been portrayed in the news media, there is no substantial evidence at all to support the charge that Thomas Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings. In fact, the best evidence indicates it never happened. The book details how evidence that would exonerate Jefferson was ignored, how the news media were manipulated, how dissent was suppressed, how one early document was altered to reverse its meaning, and how the scientific evidence was given a misleading headline in order to make it appear that Jefferson was guilty. Dr. James McClellan of London University described it as “An incredible new book that really destroys the case that Jefferson had a relationship with Sally Hemings.”

Available for ordering on Amazon.com.

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Anatomy of a Scandal:

Thomas Jefferson and the SALLY Story

by Rebecca L. McMurry and James F. McMurry, Jr.

Read a variety of reviews on this work here.

Available for ordering on Amazon.com.

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Jefferson, Callender and the Sally Story

by Rebecca L. McMurry and James F. McMurry, Jr.

The 1802 story of “SALLY” of Monticello is told by extracts from the original newspaper articles of Callender, who first told the story, and his newspaper opponents. A short biography of James T. Callender is included. It concludes with the newspapers of 1805, which reprised the story.

Limited availability on Amazon.com.

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Thomas Jefferson, Man versus Myth

by David N. Mayer

Thomas Jefferson is one of the giants of Enlightenment thought and political activism. Yet to the historical record of his accomplishments, several myths have been added by both admirers and detractors of Jefferson. In this work, historian David N. Mayer investigates several of those myths, including the claims that Jefferson was “the father of American democracy,” that he had an extend affair with Sally Hemings and fathered some or all of her children, and that he was an atheist. In addition, Dr. Mayer identifies some of Jefferson’s shortcomings despite his genius and many outstanding accomplishments.

Available for ordering on Amazon.com.

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The Real Thomas Jefferson

by Andrew M. Allsion

The true story of America’s Philosopher of Freedom

As the English novelist Samuel Butler once noted, “Though God cannot alter the past, historians can.” His observation is especially applicable to our changing perceptions of great historical personalities, most of whom are relentlessly “reinterpreted” by each new generation of biographers. It is doubtful whether many of these renowned characters of yesteryear would even recognize themselves in some of the publications devoted to them today. Continue reading this description at the National Center for Constitutional Studies

Available for ordering through the National Center for Constitutional Studies.

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The Jefferson-Hemings Scholars Commission Report

by Robert F. Turner

Available for ordering through the Carolina Academic Press.

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