Books of Interest
The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy
Report of the Scholars Commission
Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson In 2000, the newly formed Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society asked a group of more than a dozen senior scholars from across the country to carefully examine all of the evidence for and against the allegations that Thomas Jefferson fathered one or more children by Sally Hemings.

Q&A with Robert Turner
Edited by Robert F. Turner, Carolina Academic Press (2011)
Summary of The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy

Reviews of The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy
      Reasonable Doubt
      Jefferson-Hemings Revisited
      One of History's Myths?
      Challenge the Dominant Narrative? Who, Us?"
The Jeffersn Hemings Myth: An American Travesty
The Jefferson Hemmings Myth: An American Travesty 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. Read more...

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Edited by Eyler Robert Coates, Sr., The Thomas Jefferson Heritage Society (2001)
In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal
In Defense of thomas Jefferson Interview with William Hyland on C-SPAN

Reviewed by Thomas Lipscomb

Reviewed by Barbara Hollingsworth

A Declaration of Inconclusiveness...
William G. Hyland Jr., Thomas Dunne Books, 2009
Jefferson Vindicated: Fallacies, Omissions and Contradictions in the Hemings Genealogical Search
Jefferson Vindicated Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon
Cynthia H. Burton, foreword by James A. Bear, Jr. (2006)
Framing a Legend:
Exposing the Distorted History of
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
In Defense of thomas Jefferson Reviewed by Richard Dixon

M. Andrew Holowchak, a professor of philosophy at Rutgers University, examines the epistemology used by Fawn Brodie, Annette Gordon-Reed, and Andrew Burstein, in their studies of the Jefferson-Hemings paternity claim...Read more
M. Andrew Holowchak, Prometheus Books, 2013
Martha Jefferson
An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson
Martha Jefferson Martha Jefferson is the first and only biography of Thomas Jefferson's greatest love and true kindred spirit, who died an untimely death at the young age of 33 in 1782...Read more

See the advance reviews for Martha Jefferson, An Intimate Life with Thomas Jefferson.
William G. Hyland Jr., Rowman & Littlefield, 2014
Thomas Jefferson's Enlightenment: Paris 1785
Martha Jefferson Why Jefferson left Monticello in 1784 and went to Paris is somewhat of an unanswered mystery. His wife had died several years before, and he was left with three young daughters, and the continued responsibility for a working plantation. He suggests that he still needed a "change of scene" from his wife's death. This book does not attempt to answer that question, but it does present a unique and intriguing account of what the Paris experience meant in the development of Jefferson's political and social concepts. Read more...
James C. Thompson
Commonwealth Book Publishers of Virginia (2013)
Long Journey with Mr.Jefferson
The Long Journey with Mr.Jefferson The magisterial "collaboration" over half a lifetime between historian Dumas Malone and his subject, Thomas Jefferson, is the basis for William G. Hyland Jr.'s compelling volume Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson to be released in January, 2013.

See the advance praise of Long Journey with Mr. Jefferson.

Reviewed by Kathryn Moore

Few biographers can boast of spending nearly all of their professional lives writing a comprehensive biography of one of America's most complex subjects. Read more...
William G Hyland Jr., Potomac Books Inc., 2013
Dutiful Correspondent
Philosophical Essays on Thomas Jefferson
The Long Journey with Mr.Jefferson "This book began, harmlessly enough, as a series of philosophical essays on Thomas Jefferson that were intended to be independently published in selected scholarly journals. I had no intention of binding them together in a book. Yet as I proceeded with the first essay, I began another and then another, without finishing the first. Before long, I had a collection of some five or six incomplete essays on distinct philosophical topics. In each distinct paper, I kept putting forth similar points, because I was making significant discoveries about Jefferson the philosopher-viz., I was finding unexpectedly considerable philosophical content in his numerous writings." (From the Preface of Dutiful Correspondent)

Testimonials on Dutiful Correspondent
M. Andrew Holowchak, Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2012
The Road to Monticello: The Life and Mind of Thomas Jefferson
The Long Journey with Mr.Jefferson Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

If you are unfamiliar with the basic details of the life of Thomas Jefferson, this should not be your first book. It is better that you read a biography first, such as Merrill Peterson's Thomas Jefferson and the New Nation. Read more...
Kevin J. Hayes, Oxford University Press, 2008
Thomas Jefferson's Scrapbooks
The Long Journey with Mr.Jefferson Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

This is a book you keep on your night stand or on the corner of your desk so that you can pick it up from time to time. Read more...
Jonathan Gross, Steelforth Press, 2006
Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson
Liberty, State, & Union: The Political Theory of Thomas Jefferson Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

It has become a conventional exercise in recent years to see Thomas Jefferson through the prism of slavery, as though that were the cornerstone on which his political and social philosophy should be examined. It has become almost mandatory for historians to pronounce Jefferson as ambivalent Read more...

Reviewed by Thomas E. Woods Jr.

No one doubts that our understanding of historical figures may need to be revisited from time to time. But academic specialists have been known to overreach. To portray a historical figure in a light exactly opposed to the popular impression Read more...
Luigi Marco Bassani, Mercer University Press, 2010
Anatomy of a Scandal: Thomas Jefferson & the Sally Story
Reviewed by Herbert Barger

This book is a long awaited and well-researched expose of the Martha Jefferson-Sally Hemings half-sister legend. Read more...
Rebecca L. McMurry and James F. McMurry, Jr., M.D., foreword by David N. Mayer, White Mane Publishing Co (2002)
Flight from Monticello: Thomas Jefferson at War
After the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson returned to Monticello and remained there for the greater part of the Revolutionary War. He was elected governor in 1779 and served for two years. He faced great difficulties in exercising control over the Virginia state militias and merging them into the national army. Read more...
Michael Kranish
Oxford University Press (2010)

Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemmings: An American Controversy Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

It is clear the author is troubled by the legal insufficiency of the evidence that Thomas Jefferson was the father to any of Sally Hemings children. Read more...
Annette Gordon-Reed, University Press of Virginia (1997)

Understanding Thomas Jefferson
Understanding Thomas Jefferson Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Despite the puff reviews on the jacket, this is not the book to read to "get to know" Thomas Jefferson. Read more...
E. M. Halliday, HarperCollins (2001)

Negro President
Negro President Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

The 3/5ths clause was adopted by the Second Continental Congress in the Articles of Confederation as means of counting the slaves for two purposes...Read more...
Garry Wills, Houghton Mifflin company (2003)

Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Thomas Jefferson's long and accomplished life resists compression into a one volume treatment. Professor R. B Bernstein almost meets the challenge but not without some lapses. Read more...
R. B. Bernstein, Oxford University Press (2003)

Siting Jefferson: Contemporary Artists Interpret Thomas Jefferson's Legacy
Siting Jefferson Reviewed by Herbert Barger

This book preserves a site-specific exhibition sponsored by the University of Virginia Art Museum in 2000 called "Hindsight/Fore-site: Art for the New Millennium." Read more...
Jill Hartz, University Press of Virginia (2003)

Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory and Civic Culture
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by Herbert Barger

I had requested to be present at a panel discussion of this book and was invited by Professor Peter Onuf, one of the authors. Upon arrival, I was denied a seat on the panel...Read more...
Edited by Jan Ellen Lewis and Peter S. Onuf, University Press of Virginia (1999)

The Hemingses of Monticello
An American Family
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by D.M. Giangreco

George Mason University History News
Annette Gordon-Reed recently received a rare feather in her cap when the former, long-time head of the of the ACLU, New York Law School's Nadine Strossen, stated that the professor and prize-winning author fully met the criteria set out by the president for the high court seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. Read more...
Annette Gordon-Reed, W. W. Norton & Company (2008)

Jeffersonian Legacies
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by Alf J. Mapp

Nowadays tenants of the Houseboat on the Styx must commiserate with their American colleagues when these unfortunates approach their birth centennials, sesquicentennials, bicentennials, or other traditionally significant anniversaries. Read more...
Edited by Peter S. Onuf University Press of Virginia (1993)

Thomas Jefferson
Reputation and Legacy
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Francis D. Cogliano suggests his Thomas Jefferson: Reputation and Legacy can be a successor to The Jefferson Image in the American Mind by Merrill D. Peterson. That's quite a stretch, but Reputation and Legacy is well worth the reader's time. Read more...
Francis D. Cogliano University of Virginia Press (2006)

Twilight at Monticello
The Final Years of Thomas Jefferson
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by Richard E. Dixon

Once James Madison was inaugurated as president, it was time for Thomas Jefferson to return to Monticello. Read more...
Alan Pell Crawford Random House (2008)

The Case of Jefferson and Hemings
A review of
The Hemingses of Monticello:An American Family by Annette Gordon Reed
Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson: History, Memory, and Civic Culture Reviewed by Kathryn Moore and D.M. Giangreco

Was Thomas Jefferson the father of slave children? If so, was one of his household slaves Sally Hemings a willing partner in a 38-year love affair...Read more...
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