An American interested in this fascinating piece of American history.
The History of the Hemings family is a fascinating piece of American history. I had found it surprising that no one had noted that Jefferson was not just a Great Mind, a Founding Father, a Slave owner, but also a pedophile. He not only owned Sally, he was 3 times her age when the affair started! The age difference alone was enough to have had control over her without slavery! I say this, but I see that this same information is used by Mike R above to insist that the relationship could not have existed. I say no such thing.
I do have a question about the children of the other slaves. Does no one else consider the possibility that some number of them are also children of Jefferson? There was something like 6 years between the death of his wife and the start of the relationship with Hemings. Is there some reason to believe that he was faithful to Hemings as she grew older?
What we know now about Jefferson / Hemings is just the first step to knowing about all of the offspring of our slave owning founding fathers. Fascinating facts wait to be discovered.