Teacher; independent scholar; published writer; former National Park Service Ranger who researched and helped prepare a proper interpretive program for Alcatraz Island which tied the history of the Penitentiary to Benjamin Rush, Jefferson, and others; former NASA-AESP State Educator for Nevada, Montana, et al; possible shirtail descendant of Patrick Hendry.
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Thanks for this balanced view of things.
As a scholar, and writer, who's researched Jefferson and his colleagues for years, I find the whole Hemmings story to be highly suspect. As a juror on a murder trial, which attempted to use dna evidence to convict someone without success, I know DNA must be taken with a large grain of salt. As far as Paris goes - he was famously head-over-heels in love with Maria Cosway, who was married to a homosexual man, and spent much of his spare time worrying and writing about that. It's not likely he'd have had the time for Sally Hemmings - who, after all, was in her early teens and probably no competition for Cosway.
Based on my research, and the jury experience, I believe Jefferson could not be indicted, let alone convicted of a love affair with a slave.