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  •  most interesting thing is Sally Heming's (0+ / 0-)

    children, fathered by Jefferson, his brother or nephew, were enslaved until Jefferson's death.  After emancipation, two of the children moved north, passed and married into "white" society.  (this is from memory; it is 2AM and I am not up to research at this moment)
    It is amazing to me Jefferson could keep relatives in slavery, giving credence to the idea Jefferson subscribed to the "One Drop" theory of race.

    •  Actually, I've made a MAJOR discovery about ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... the Sally Hemings story that I can't believe nobody else noticed when all those historians and other experts were researching it back in 1998 because of the big DNA test story. That's one of the reasons I said that this Jefferson and slavery stuff turned out to be far more interesting than I thought it would be. I guess I just think differently than other people, because I went in a completely different direction with something than anyone else had before, and it paid off big time. When I found what I found, I was sure that someone else before me must have thought to look at what I thought to look at, but I checked and found that nobody ever had. I'm not revealing what I uncovered until I can get it out in one of my actual books, but it's something that really changes a major part of the story.

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