Did Thomas Jefferson Really Father Sally Heming's Black Children? A Scholarly Analysis of the Historical and Genetic Evidence
|Author: ||Holowchak, Mark Andrew|
This book, thus, is a systematic, philosophy-of-science examination of the Strong Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis (HTJS) by rigorous analysis of all the pro-paternity evidence and of all of the anti-pro-paternity evidence. I evaluate every scrap of material and historical evidence pro and con the Strong Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis and designate the arguments of which they function as premises as very weak (W), weak (w), neither weak nor strong (w/s), strong (s), or very strong (S).
"When one examines systematically and scientifically a summary of, arguments for Strong Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis (or even HTJW) and arguments against Strong Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis —and that is how this book differs from other books arguing against Jefferson’s paternity—one sees clearly that the case for pro-paternity thesis is frangible. There is too little evidence for it and that evidence is flimsy, and there are four key eyewitness testimonies either against it or that suggest caution."
From the Preface
Table of Contents
1. The Thomas Jefferson Narrative of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation
2. The Argument for the Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis
3. The Argument against the Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis
4. Analysis of the Argument for the Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis
5. Analysis of the Argument against the Thomas Jefferson Hypothesis
6. The Thomas Jefferson Narrative: A Genealogy
7. Beyond Genealogy: Jeffersonian History as Veridical Narrative
Appendix: Summary of Pro and Con Arguments