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Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings #2020

Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings By Clarence Earl Walker Mongrel Nation The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of Did they or didn t they But lost in the argument over the existence of such a relationship are
  • Title: Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings
  • Author: Clarence Earl Walker
  • ISBN: 9780813927770
  • Page: 363
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Mongrel Nation: The America Begotten by Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings By Clarence Earl Walker The debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of Did they or didn t they But lost in the argument over the existence of such a relationship are equally urgent questions about a history that is complex, both sexually and culturally, than most of us realize Mongrel Nation seeks to uncover this complexity, as weThe debate over the affair between Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings rarely rises above the question of Did they or didn t they But lost in the argument over the existence of such a relationship are equally urgent questions about a history that is complex, both sexually and culturally, than most of us realize Mongrel Nation seeks to uncover this complexity, as well as the reasons it is so often obscured.Clarence Walker contends that the relationship between Jefferson and Hemings must be seen not in isolation but in the broader context of interracial affairs within the plantation complex Viewed from this perspective, the relationship was not unusual or aberrant but was fairly typical For many, this is a disturbing realization, because it forces us to abandon the idea of American exceptionalism and re examine slavery in America as part of a long, global history of slaveholders frequently crossing the color line.More than many other societies and despite our obvious mixed race population our nation has displayed particular reluctance to acknowledge this dynamic In a country where, as early as 1662, interracial sex was already punishable by law, an understanding of the Hemings Jefferson relationship has consistently met with resistance From Jefferson s time to our own, the general public denied or remained oblivious to the possibility of the affair Historians, too, dismissed the idea, even when confronted with compelling arguments by fellow scholars It took the DNA findings of 1998 to persuade many although, to this day, doubters remain.The refusal to admit the likelihood of this union between master and slave stems, of course, from Jefferson s symbolic significance as a Founding Father The president s apologists, both before and after the DNA findings, have constructed an iconic Jefferson that tells us about their own beliefs and the often alarming demands of those beliefs than it does about the interaction between slave owners and slaves Much than a search for the facts about two individuals, the debate over Jefferson and Hemings is emblematic of tensions in our society between competing conceptions of race and of our nation.
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    1. Walker tries to look objectively at the Jefferson Hemings relationship He points out that the primary defense of Jefferson that such a great man wouldn t have done this despicable thing is a non argument Aside from DNA, the greatest evidence for Jefferson s paternity is the fact that Jefferson was at Monticello nine months before each of Hemings s deliveries.Walker notes that Hemings not only looked pretty darn white but she also probably resembled Jefferson s deceased wife her half sister Hemin [...]


    2. I had to read this book for my U.S History class I was excited to read it at first but the deeper I got into the book the and disappointed I felt I looked forward to a history detailing the Thomas Jefferson Sally Hemings affair only to find that there is no conclusive evidence to support that Jefferson fathered a mixed race baby Not a big deal however, the majority of the book was a professor lecturing how it would be beneficial for everyone to accept the affair as the true founders and identi [...]


    3. Walker argues that maybe the time has come for our nation to consider Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings as the father and mother of our nation rather than George and Martha Washington If we did, we could acknowledge our nation s mixed racial heritage This thought provoking book made me consider race and gender relations in America s past and present I consider it a must read for anyone who cares about these issues and wants increased insight about them.


    4. If you have a high tolerance for academic jargon, this is an interesting read It s all about American slavery, racism, and miscegenation, and how very much European ancestry modern African Americans have If you like Finding Your Roots you might also enjoy this.


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