Jefferson and Hemings|
Spring 2008 not offered
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.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Ball, SLAVES IN THE FAMILY
Bernstein, THOMAS JEFFERSON
Brodie, THOMAS JEFFERSON
Brown, CLOTEL; OR,THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER
Chase-Riboud, SALLY HEMINGS and THE PRESIDENT'S DAUGHTER
Ellis, AN AMERICAN SPHINX
Lanier, JEFFERSON'S CHILDREN
Lewis, SALLY HEMINGS AND THOMAS JEFFERSON: HISTORY, MEMORY, AND CIVIC CULTURE
|Examinations and Assignments: |
Weekly response papers and discussion questions, oral presentations, short essays, and a seminar project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Film screenings outside of class. Regular attendance and active participation in seminar discussions. This course fulfills the research option requirement for English honors candidates.
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