William G. Hyland, Jr - In Defense of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal

  • March 15, 2012
  • 7:00 PM
  • Library Auditorium, 3rd Floor - WPB Public Library


Author William G. Hyland, Jr., will discuss his recent book, In Defense of of Thomas Jefferson: The Sally Hemings Sex Scandal.  For over 200 years, Thomas Jefferson has been accused of a sexual relationship with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings. According to DNA interpretive results conducted in 1998, it is now widely accepted that Jefferson fathered one or more of Sally’s children. Are the accusations true? And if so, could they be proved in a court of law? The author offers an exhaustive examination of this controversy, deftly synthesizing the massive scholarship on the Jefferson-Hemings subject into a swift, insightful account. Hyland has brought as much clarity to a famously elusive subject as anyone can, and accomplishes it all at a concise, readable length.

This Program partnership with the Historical Society of Palm Beach County

Book signing and reception following the lecture

Please RSVP 561.832.4164 ext. 0

FRIENDS of the WPB Public Library, and Historical Society Member can attend for $ 10.00.The General Public can attend for $20.00.

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