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Sally Hemings

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Sally Hemings

First printed 17 years ago, Sally Hemings was greeted with controversy, vilification, and praise. Utilizing documents and historical evidence, it recreated the love story of Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence, and his beautiful quadroon slave, Sally Hemings. While acclaimed by many reviewers, the novel was viciously attacked by historians, who claimed that the story was not only flagrantly inaccurate, but damaging to the American self-image. Recent DNA findings on the descendants of Jefferson and Hemings have confirmed the novel’s accuracy, and given new light to this moving and enlightening story.

Spanning two continents, sixty years, and seven presidencies, Sally Hemings explores the complex blend of love and hate, tenderness and cruelty, freedom and bondage, that made their lifelong liaison one of the most poignant and unforgettable chapters in American history.

Sally Hemings
by Barbara Chase-Riboud

  • Publication Date: August 5, 2000
  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 0312247044
  • ISBN-13: 9780312247041