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Jefferson and Hemmings
ENGL 310
Spring 2007 not offered
Crosslisting: AFAM 319

Long before the Clinton-Lewinsky "coup de tart" made headlines, presidential peccadilloes were a subject of public interest, media speculation, and scholarly debate. This seminar examines and critiques the historical and fictional literature surrounding Thomas Jefferson's relationship with the slave Sally Hemings, with whom he is alleged to have had several children. Although this claim was long dismissed by most historians as a malicious rumor, DNA tests have now all but confirmed that Jefferson was indeed a founding father, with an estimated 75,000 to 100,000 black and white descendants living today.

Essential Capabilities: None
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: SeminarGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None

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