Frontmatter

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Title page

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Table of Contents

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p. ix

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

Writing is always a lonely and difficult process, and the task is even more stressful when one is in pain. From 2003 to 2005, as I was working on early drafts of this book, I suffered from extreme arthritis in both hips. I have now had two hip replacements and feel like I am nineteen from...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-10

The Thomas Jefferson–Sally Hemings aff air has been an issue in American political, social, cultural, and racial life since 1802, when James Thompson Callender, a transplanted Scottish newspaperman living in Virginia...

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One Sexuality

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pp. 11-56

My purpose in this chapter is to place the affair of Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings in the broader context of what Philip D. Curtin terms the “plantation complex.”1 When viewed from this perspective, the relationship was neither unusual nor aberrant, but normative. Sex between men of the master class or race...

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Two Characterand History, or “Chloroformin Print”

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pp. 57-100

In this chapter I focus on how the pre- and post-DNA discussions of Jefferson and Hemings have shaped and been shaped by our understanding of the racial origins and national identity of the American republic. I comment on and critique what both the pre- and...

Notes

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pp. 101-122

Index

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pp. 123-128

Series Page

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