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The Jefferson-Hemings Controversy

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Off topic but interesting.
Stephen Dinan reports in the Washington Times:

In a book due out Thursday, eminent scholars say it's unlikely that Thomas Jefferson fathered Sally Hemings' children, disputing a decade's worth of conventional wisdom that the author of the Declaration of Independence sired offspring with one of his slaves. 

The debate has ensnared historians for years, and many thought the issue was settled when DNA testing in the late 1990s confirmed that a Jefferson male fathered Hemings' youngest son, Eston. But, with one lone dissenter, the panel of 13 scholars doubted the claim and said the evidence points instead to Jefferson's brother Randolph as the father.

Matt Philbin at Media Research Network recounts how the original story back in 1998 was mishandled and misused by a number of news outlets.

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