The Day After….if you missed it

What we learned during An Evening of History…

  • There is more than enough reasonable doubt in the Jefferson/Hemings controversy- yet we accept the story as historical fact.
  • Reasonable scholars have endorsed the Jefferson/Hemings story out of fear- but have disguised their fear as an attempt at racial reconciliation.
  • The DNA results were not conclusive, in fact, they have made the situation more confusing
  • Oral history is rarely reliable
  • Jefferson did not father any of Sally Hemings children- her children had multiple fathers
  • Joe Ellis, Andrew Burstein, and Jon Meacham are talented historians who have produced less than stellar books about Jefferson.
  • Fawn Brodie will never be vindicated.
  • Annette Gordon-Reed has reduced vital historical discourse to tabloid level conjecture.
  • Jefferson was not a christian, but he was no atheist either- the tug-of-war over his spiritually completely misses the point.
  • We need Dumas Malone more than ever….
Moment of reflection

Moment of reflection

And now, we catch our breath….


Leave a comment

Filed under Ephemera

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s